CHIEF JUSTICE CLARIFIED Mr. MANUPO’s APPOINTMENT
The Chief Justice, Sir Albert Palmer has clarified the choice made in appointing an expatriate as the country’s new Chief Magistrate.
Chief Justice Palmer during the swearing in ceremony of his worship, John Numapo, said the appointment was made without any favoritism or confusion as suggested by some lawyers in the local media.
“It was a conscious decision taken by us the national judiciary after careful thought to have invited expatriate magistrate appointed at this particular point of time will assist us in realigning, repositioning and redirecting the goals and objectives to improve the delivery of services in the Magistrate’s Court.”
Chief justice Palmer said it is important that those who are criticizing the decision to have an expatriate Magistrate do not forget the judiciary’s journey to rebuild, restrengthen and consolidate the work of the Magistracy since 2003.
The Chief Justice pointed out that there are vacancies in the Magistrate positions that are being advertised, for which members of the legal profession can apply.