Magistrate Court unsers in Ntchisi get stranded when they are to ‘answer the nature’s call’, as the court operates with no toilet around, the development which forces them to use the nearby maize gardens.
One of them, Fabiano Kabowa, said on Friday that the clients have no option but use their own initiative to relieve themselves, which usually is to go into the staff gardens.
“I have been coming here for my case but it is hell spending a day here without a toilet. We know the old toilet collapsed due to rains but it was not supposed to take this long without a temporary one,” said Kabowa.
He said if the situation is not checked soon, it could be health risk to the council staff whose houses are close to the court campus.
Responding to the issue, Dorothy Kaluwa, the court’s Magistrate admitted that the court has no toilet as the one that was serving the staff and clients collapsed a month ago due to rains.
“We are in a very bad situation. Our clients find their own ways of relieving themselves. They use the district council staff gardens that are behind the court, which is not on,” she said.
Kaluwa said the problem was reported to her seniors in Lilongwe but action hasn’t yet been taken.
“As a court we don’t have funds to dig and construct a toilet. We may use prisoners to dig the hole but we cannot manage bags of cement and bricks for the shelter,” said Kaluwa.
The Magistrate said her office will keep pressing her seniors up until the toilet is constructed at the court.
Ntchisi First Grade Magistrate Court handles 7 to 15 cases daily which makes it full all the time.