Sir Salamo opens new courthouse


CHIEF Justice Sir Salamo Injia opened a new courthouse in Goroka on Friday.
He said Goroka had two of the best judges in Justice Joseph Yagi and Justice William Neill “who are very competent civil judges”.
He said the new courthouse also had the latest sound recording system for court proceedings.
Justice Sir Salamo said Goroka would have three judges after the extensions of the court facilities.
“The Goroka (old) courthouse is a fire-hazard and an eyesore. A K1 million will be spent to maintain the current district court rooms,” he said.
Justice Sir Salamo commended Goroka for executing bench warrants.
There are two prisons in Eastern Highlands – Bihute and Bundaira –but comparatively the population of remandees is low.
“There are 5000 bench warrants pending, 1083 yet to be executed. Goroka did well to have been excuting its warrants since 2000,” he said.
“This is because you have very good judges.”
Eastern Highlands Governor Peter Numu said he would make available K1 million to build a Supreme Court house in Goroka, secure land for the courthouse to expand into and fund the upgrading and sealing of the road where the courthouse and provincial assembly were located.
The new courthouse was built by Moibano Construction at a cost of K350,000, according to managing director Jonah Lumbuwe.