Malawi judges on strike over cars

[JURIST] Judges in Malawi [BBC country profile; official government website] began their first strike late Thursday, refusing to hear cases until they receive a fleet of new cars - a promise made by former President Bakili Muluzi [Wikipedia profile]. Malawi Attorney General Ralph Kasambara [personal University of Malawi law faculty homepage] said that the unfortunate part of the situation is that current President Bingu wa Mutharika is being held accountable for the promises of his predecessor. The judges [Malawi Judiciary official website] currently drive rickety, unreliable cars that constantly need attention; they settled for state-of-the-art Toyota Prados after their requests for Mercedes Benz cars or BMWs were denied. Kasambara said five Prados are now on order. BBC News has more.



 

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