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Top Zimbabwe Judge Urges Increased Funding, Greater Independence for Judiciary

  • Thomas Chiripasi
  • Ntungamili Nkomo

Bulawayo High Court

Bulawayo High Court

Officially opening the 2010 judicial year in Harare, Makarau said she expected the three parties in the unity government to lead by example in observing the rule of law and respecting the independence of the judiciary

Zimbabwe High Court Judge President Rita Makarau on Monday urged the inclusive government on Monday to increase funding to the judiciary, to uphold the rule of law and refrain from interfering in the justice system.

Officially opening the 2010 judicial year in Harare, Makarau said she expected the three parties in the unity government to lead by example in observing the rule of law and respecting the independence of the judiciary.

She decried what she said was a shortage of judges in the country, saying it seriously affected the timely delivery of justice. The High Court in Bulawayo, capital of Matabeleland, was worst affected, Makarau said.

She took a swipe at what she said was a disproportionate allocation of funds to the executive and legislative branches compared with the resources allocated to the judiciary, Thomas Chiripasi reported from Harare.

Attorney Josphat Tshuma told VOA Studio 7 reporter Ntungamili Nkomo that respect for the rule of law is key to attracting foreign investment.

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