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Zimbabwe 2015 Legal Year Starts, Amid Calls to Tackle Corruption

FILE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe holds the bible during his inauguration in Harare, August 22, 2013.

The Judiciary Service Commission officially opened Zimbabwe’s 2015 legal calendar Monday with calls for legal practitioners to desist from corrupt activities.

Speaking at the official launching ceremony, Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku said legal practitioners should not take part in any corrupt activities as this impedes the proper delivery of justice in Zimbabwe.

Chief Justice Chidyusiku praised the Bulawayo High Court for a good performance in 2014 under the leadership of Justice Matema.

On the other hand, he expressed discontent over the operations of the Gweru courts saying the departure of one of the top magistrates has led to the resurfacing of a huge backlog of cases.

Despite this setback, he promised to address the poor working conditions of workers in the judiciary services, adding that this will eliminate rampant corruption in the sector.

His sentiments were echoed by Justice Rita Makarawu in interview on the sidelines of the official opening ceremony.

At the same time, Law Society of Zimbabwe president, Lloyd Mhishi, applauded the naming of those who are said to have performed well in the last judiciary year, adding that this will help in improving the delivery of justice in the country.

Some of the legal practitioners, who were cited for performing well, are three female Bulawayo High Court Judges - Justice Moyo, Justice Chigumba, and Justice Matanda. He also named Justice Nicholas Mathonsi as a hard-working judge at the High Court in Harare.

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