Sh9 Billion Project to Build Integrated Justice Center in Pemba

Pemba, May 24, 2024 – The construction of an integrated justice center in Pemba Island will make accessing legal services easier for residents, eliminating the need for them to travel to other locations for court services, including appeals.

Kai Bashiru Mbarouk, the Chief Executive Officer of the Zanzibar High Court, made this announcement during the contract signing ceremony between the Tanzanian Judiciary and M/S Deep Construction Ltd, a company based in Morogoro, responsible for building the new center.

Mbarouk highlighted that for a long time, Pemba residents have had to incur significant costs to access judicial services elsewhere. The new center will offer all court services, from lower courts to the Court of Appeal.

“The Court of Appeal is the final authority in delivering justice, and its absence on this island has been a significant gap. This new center marks an important step towards ensuring accessible justice,” he said.

The justice center will utilize Information and Communication Technology (ICT) systems to improve efficiency and transparency in handling cases across all integrated courts. This will allow citizens to file cases from their homes.

However, Mbarouk emphasized that having a modern building is just one aspect. The main goal is to address the challenges faced by the residents. He urged court officials to seek ICT skills that will enhance their job performance, given that services at the new center will be delivered electronically.

Professor Elisante Ole Gabriel, the Chief Executive Officer of the Tanzanian Judiciary, stated that the construction of this center results from collaboration between the Union Government and the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar (SMZ). This partnership aims to provide integrated services and justice to the people of Pemba.

Gabriel added that the center would be funded by the United Republic of Tanzania through a low-cost loan from the World Bank (WB).

Zanzibar’s Chief Justice, Khamis Ramadhan Abdalla, noted that the establishment of the center is a historic milestone for Zanzibar, as it strengthens the Union of Tanzania.

The construction of the justice center is set to begin in May this year and is expected to be completed by February 2025. The project will be managed by M/S Deep Construction at the cost of Sh9 billion.