Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Sunday appointed 12 new judges of the High Court to improve administration of justice in the east African nation, said a statement.

The statement by the Directorate of Presidential Communication at State House said the new judges will be sworn in by the president on Monday.

“The government is seeking to improve operations and efficiency of the judiciary,” said the statement signed by Gerson Msigwa, the Director of Presidential Communication.

In February 2018, Magufuli outlined key issues that needed to be addressed to improve efficiency in the judiciary.

Speaking in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam to mark the end of Law Week, the president said it was high time the judiciary was made more efficient in all its spheres of operations.

He asked Chief Justice Ibrahim Juma to investigate judges who frequently travelled to Europe for leisure to establish where they got the money for such trips.

He said appropriate measures should also be taken against corrupt employees in the judiciary to improve the image of the country’s court system.

“Such individuals have no place in the government’s forward-looking plans. Stern disciplinary measures should be taken against them for the sake of the entire system,” said Magufuli.

Magufuli said he was aware of the challenges the judiciary was grappling with and pledged that the government will address them as a matter of urgency. Enditem

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