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DR Congo President has fired more than 250 magistrates

The Democratic Republic of Congo has fired more than 250 magistrates who did not have a law degree or were accused of corruption.

President Joseph Kabila had “sanctioned more than 200 individuals who do not fulfil the conditions to function as magistrates”, Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba said on public television.

Media reports said a total of 256 were either suspended or sacked, two resigned and one was put on retirement.

President Joseph Kabila

There are has some 4,000 magistrates in the country

“One cannot enter the judiciary with the objective of making money,” Mwambe said, describing the targeted individuals 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, Kabila sacked 96 judges accused of corruption, a scourge in the mineral-rich country, including within the government.