Senior Chief Kameme of Chitipa District has expressed concern over the phasing out of an Enhancement of Citizen Voice and Action in Local Governance Project in the district.
Speaking Tuesday during stakeholder meeting on the projects exit, he said the phasing out of the project which was facilitated by Malawi Human Rights Resource Centre (MHRRC) would affect access to justice by marginalized groups of people in his area.
Kameme said that situated almost 10 kilometres away from Chitipa Boma, his area has had no magistrate for a number of years despite having a court room and staff houses.
He pointed out that MHRRC has been supporting magistrates from Chitipa Boma to be conducting mobile courts in his area since 2016.
‘‘Having situated far north, along the borderline of the two countries, Malawi and Tanzania communities in my area, especially women who are mostly victim human rights abuses had easy access to just during the project implementation period.
‘‘Now that the project has phased out, we are very worried that the mobile courts will no longer be there,” Senior Chief explained.
Executive Director for MHRRC, Emma Kaliya said that the project has since 2016 registered many successes.
The project was implemented in Chitipa and Dowa districts with financial support from the Dan Church Aid.
Among other things, the project supported the development of service charters for some government sectors such as education, agriculture, environment, and water.
The Charters were developed with the aim of ensuring that services that are offered by the departments are well known to clients for communities to ably demand the same from duty bearers.