Kabila sacks 250 judges for lacking law degrees

Nelson Bwire Kapo

Nelson Bwire Kapo

, Regional

Democratic Republic of Congo President, Joseph Kabila has dismissed more than 250 judges across the country for not having law degrees.

Minister for Justice, Alexis Thambwe Mwamba confirmed the sacking, saying that the president had sanctioned more than 200 individuals who did not meet the conditions to function as magistrates.

Congo has a total of 4000 magistrates, however Kabila according to media reports, sacked 256, retired one, while another resigned.

“One cannot enter the judiciary with the objective of making money,” Mwamba as quoted by Aljazeera, describing the removed judges as “adventurers” who entered the judiciary without a law degree or others who took bribes to deliver a favourable ruling.

“It is evident that there are other magistrates who escaped this dragnet,” he said, adding that a law would be introduced to raise the bar for aspiring magistrates.

In 2009, President Kabila sacked 96 judges citing corruption.

 

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