Malawi Chief Justice asks women to utilize women legal bodies

Chief Justice  Anastansia Msosa has asked women in the country to make use of women lawyers to seek speedy justice.

Justice Msosa was speaking Wednesday evening in Blantyre during Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Zokonda Amayi annual commemoration which attracted over 120 women from across the country.

The invited women were some of those that participate in the Zokonda Amayi programme on MBC Radio 1 which runs from Monday through Friday. Women call, write letters or phone messages to greet their friends through the programme and ask for a song of their choice.

The programme started 49 years ago and has now large patronage which prompted MBC to recognize the women that participate and put them into groups which now share knowledge, expertise and experiences on various issues.

Justice Msosa: Women should use legal bodies and female lawyers

Msosa said women were the backbone of the country’s economy and as such needed to be helped when confronted with miscarriage of justice or where their rights are trampled on.

“You should know your rights. The courts are there for you. There is an organization of women lawyers and also another of women judges. Largely, they are interested to help women so utilize them for justice,” said Msosa who was guest of honour at the event.

She commended the women for organizing themselves into groups against the humble background of being callers to MBC Zokonda Amayi Programme.

“That is very good. I am happy to learn that you are running rural savings banks and share profits. You don’t have to depend on the husbands for air time to call MBC. You should also be able to give air time to them,” she said attracting applause.

President of Zokonda za Amayi Gloria Banda asked the director general of MBC to increase the time for the programme from one hour to two hours.

Banda said there are plans to engage women living abroad to participate in the programme. She also said there are plans to link the women to lending institutions for small loans.

“We also plan to engage mobile phone companies to free services or reduce tariffs for the women when they are calling into the programme,” said Banda also one of the presenters of the programme.

MBC director general Dr. Benson Tembo thanked the women for spending their time and money to patronize the programme which has lived for 49 years now.

Tembo said the commemoration which started last year would continue annually and next year it would gather over 1000 women. The event took place at Mount Soche under the auspices of various companies.

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