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Written by on January 12, 2022

Governance, Elections, Advocacy and Research Services (GEARS) Initiative has welcomed the launch of the establishment of the fast-track economic courts by the Chief Justice Dr. Mumba Malila to address economic crimes in Zambia.

GEARS Initiative Executive Director McDonald Chipenzi says the move is long overdue especially in a country where corruption and economic crimes and abuses have been cited by various government bodies such as the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) and Auditor General’s reports.

Mr. Chipenzi notes that like other fast-track courts established before, such as those on gender based violence and traffic offences, the fast-track economic courts may act as a panacea to delayed retrieval and recovery of stolen public goods and properties and the delayed justice system in Zambia.

He adds that using the normal court systems, the recovery of stolen public goods and properties has been tedious and time consuming leading to some people being found guilty of corruption and their properties forfeited posthumously.

He notes that justice must not be too slow as it may end up being construed as unfair by the affected and the public as it has been witnessed in Zambia.

GEARS Initiative further states that the launch and establishment of the economic courts is also in line with the ruling party’s manifesto contained on page 16 which envisages the establishment fast-track courts to recover stolen public resources hoping that the courts will not be politicised but deliver the desired outcomes.

By Monica Aba Baidoo

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