Govt plans to build 30 district courts countrywide- minister

12Sep 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Govt plans to build 30 district courts countrywide- minister

THE government plans to build 30 district courts in the country for the 2019/20 financial year, Minister for Constitutional and Legal Affair, Dr Augustine Mahiga told the House here yesterday.

Minister for Constitutional and Legal Affair, Dr Augustine Mahiga

Dr Mahiga was responding to question by Special Seats MP, Gimbi Masaba (Chadema), who wanted to know the time frame for government to build district court in Itilima, to help people in the area who have been traveling long distances to the nearby districts such as Bariadi to seek  justice.

In his response, the minister admitted that the district has no court and people over the area were forced to travel a distance of 37 kilometers to follow the service in Bariadi district.

He said the same challenge is also existing in 27 districts in the country and its people receive court services in neighbouring districts.

"This is due to the fact that the Court in the country is still facing a shortage of buildings in many areas," he said.

He added: the court has set out a good strategies to resolve the challenges through its five year plan to build and renovate court buildings at all levels.

He elaborated that the Itilima district court is in the process of being built in this financial year for the 2019/20 with other courts in the country.

He mentioned the other districts in the programme  as Busega, Kyerwa, Misenyi, Gairo, Mbogwe, Songwe, Rfiji, Kibiti, Nyang'wale, Mvomero, Hiii, Kaliua, Uvinza, Buhigwe, Kakonko, Chamwino, Chemba, Ikungi, Mkalama, Butiama , Rorya, Bungo, Malinyi, Tanganyika, Protective, Kilosa, Kilombero, Hanang and Nkasi.

In addition, he thanked the Itilima district for providing a plot  of  5,028 square meters for the construction of a court, urged other districts to provide plots for the construction of the court.