Judiciary Strike Suffocates Police
LILONGWE: The effects of an on-going strike by junior staff in the judiciary across Malawi have begun spreading to other organs of the justice system such as the police.
An example in Lilongwe is where 20 people arrested last week during street riots by vendors are stuck in police custody as there is no court to look into their being formally charged and/or released on court bail.
Lilongwe police spokesperson Kingsley Dandaula says authorities are now planning to grant the suspects police bail to create more custody room at Lilongwe Police Station. The strike by judiciary staff is now in day three.
Mr. Dandaula told Zodiak Online that his office is not sure as to when the scores of people arrested during the riots would appear in court for case formalities as no one has an idea when the misunderstandings will end.
Judiciary support staff is pressing government to effect new salary structures as approved by the Malawi parliament in 2006. The Justice system is saying is consulting on the best way forward in the matter.—Zodiak Online
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