Western province recorded an increase in the number of murder cases compared to other offences in 2014.
This came to light yesterday during the 2015 Mongu High Court ceremony official opening presided over by Judge Justine Chashi .
Judge Chashi said 14 out 20 cases in the province were murder cases.
He however noted that although the courts were still facing challenges such as lack of funding among others, the institution however managed to deal with cases on time.
Judge Chashi later noted that the first cases to be attended to were those which occurred in the late 2013 and then 2014 adding that the country last year recorded high cases of murder, defilement and road traffic accidents.
He said that much sensitization needed to be done to reduce on murder, defilement and road accidents as Zambia in line with the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation.
Meanwhile, Western Province Permanent Secretary Augustine Seyuba said that government would ensure and enhance communication with several stakeholders to help reduce the high numbers of murder, defilement and road traffic accident cases in the province by sensitizing the public.
Mr. Seyuba said government has set aside K1.4 million for the completion of courts currently under construction to improve delivery of justice to the people.
Mr. Seyuba said once completed and opened for operations, the court buildings in Shangombo, Nkeyema and Lukulu districts will also create jobs for the locals in the province.