Malawi launches €1.5m E.U funded case management system

Malawi government has not been left behind in moving an extra mile on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) following the launch of a an Electronic Case Management System in the Judicial sector.

Mwaungulu: Top notch security
Mwaungulu: Top notch security

The €1.5 Million Europen Union (E.U) funded project was launched on Monday 31st October, 2016 in the Commercial City of Blantyre and was
presided over by the Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale who represented the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Samuel

In his remarks, Kaphale said the project which is part of the Democratic Governance Projects European Union has been carrying out in
Malawi is a milestone in governments effort to reform the justice and judicial sector.

“This is an important milestone in our ongoing efforts to reform the Justice Sector and strenthen the rule of law in Malawi,” said Kaphale.

“As many all of you are no doubt aware, the overall objective of this E.U funded project is to strengthen the Democratic Process and Good Governance for accelerated Economic Growth and Wealth creation while the specific areas of the project is to enhence governance on the ruleof law and participation of citizens,” added Kaphale.

According to the Attorney General, the newly introduced Case Management System is broadly aimed at improving access to justice as well as to generate confidence among Malawaians as there will always be transparency and accountability.

In giving overview of the project before Kaphale, Justice Dustain Mwaungulu said the system is very important as it will always make available all the necessary documents to judges without boundaries
hence speeding up the justice process.

He also said the system will ease problems of having files missing as it was previously the case before switching from manual to electronic.

Interms of security, Mwaungulu said “the security of the system is top of the notch” and as it also bio-metrics as one of the security features.

Commenting on the project, E.U High Commissioner and Country Representative to Malawi Marchel Gerrmann said E.U decided to fund the project in an attempt to speed up justice mostly to vulnerable Malawians because access to justice is a human right and that “Justice delayed is Justice denied”.

Gerrmann expressed concern that many people are languishing in congested prisons of Malawi awaiting justice.

While acknowledging that Malawi still has a long way to understand and fully switch to electronic and technological world, he admited that the transition won’t be easy.

He however hailed Malawi government and the justice judiciary for making a right choice for the future.

Some of the high profile delegates at the launch included the Chief Justice, High Court and Suppreme court Judges, Director of Public
Prosecution, Business Magnets in the ICT sector among others.

Apart from supporting Democratic and Good Governance projects in Malawi, E.U also supports various sectors including the agricultural and educational sectors.

Malawi and E.U signed in May 2015 several national indicative programmes that will run up to 2020 to the tune of over €560 Million Euros which includes €250 Million going towards Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition, €160 Million for Secondary, Technological and Vocational Education and finally €120 Million for governance.

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