Khartoum, Tuesday, February 14, 2017: Judges of the COMESA Court of Justice are on a two week tour of duty in Sudan. The programme includes a sitting of the Appellate Court to hear a matter before it, a publicity seminar for stakeholders, training on arbitration  and visits to various government ministries and departments that deal in judicial matters and international relations.

Eleven of the 12 judges of the Court are participating in the programme. They include all the five Appellate Judges led by  the Judge President Lady Justice Lombe Chibesakunda, (Zambia), Justice Abdalla Elamin El Bashir (Sudan), Justice Michael Charles Mtambo (Malawi) Justice David Chan Kan Cheog (Mauritius) and Justice Wael Marodouh Hassan Rady (Egypt) .

Judges of the First Division Court in the team include the Principal Judge lady Justice Qinisile Mabuza (Swaziland) Justice Ali Sulaiman Mohamed (Ethiopia) Justice Mary N. Kasango (Kenya) Justice Leonard Gacuko (Burundi);Justice Clotilde Mukamurera (Rwanda) and Justice Chinembiri Energy Bhunu (Zimbabwe).

This is the first time that the current Bench will sit in Khartoum since it was sworn into office in March 2015.

On Tuesday, the Minister of Foreign affairs of the Sudan H.E.  Ibrahim Ghandour hosted the judges in his office. The Minister expressed Sudan's commitment to support the Court which is in its third year since its relocation from Lusaka to its permanent resident in Khartoum.

Justice Chibesakunda congratulated Sudan following the lifting of economic sanctions by the United States.

The Minister appreciated the role of COMESA member States in supporting Sudan and for relentlessly advocating for the lifting of the sanctions. He said his country will now be in a position to pay its due contributions to the COMESA Court and the Secretariat as well as other contributions to international organizations.

The judges also paid courtesy calls on the Supreme Court of Sudan and the Ministry of Justice.