MUTARE: Chief Justice Luke Malaba has lamented the state the courts complex in this eastern border city, saying the infrastructure needs a major face uplift to improve justice delivery.
The recently appointed head of the judiciary made these remarks on Tuesday after touring the new Mutare High Court premises which are still under renovations. He was accompanied by Judiciary Service Commission (JSC) secretary Justice Rita Makarau.
The court is expected to open its doors to the public in June this year.
“I am not impressed with the infrastructure at this facility. The building is dilapidated and needs a facelift,” said Malaba, adding that the furniture had seen better its days and needed replacement.
He advised provincial magistrate Sekai Chiwundura to liaise with the local government ministry to ensure that the facility is refurbished.
“This facility should be improved. You should get new furniture; legal practitioners cannot sit on such chairs and expect them to argue very well,” said Malaba.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) board member, Misheck Mugadza, pleaded with the Chief Justice for the establishment of a regional court in Chipinge to serve surrounding areas such as Birchnough, Buhera and Chimanimani.
He said this would help ease pressure on the Mutare courts.
“In Chipinge, we would be very much pleased if a regional court is established there,” said Mugadza.
“It is very difficult for people from Chimanimani, Birchnough Bridge and other parts of Buhera who want services of regional court to travel to Mutare.”
He added: “It is not safe to move records and prisoners. Some of the prisoners can be quite dangerous”.