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Mnangagwa Set To Officially Open New Chinhoyi High Court



BY JAMES MUONWA & ELVIS DUMBA

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa is, tomorrow, set to officially open the new Judicial Service Commission (JSC) building in Chinhoyi, that will house a seat of the High Court.

JSC plans to establish a High Court seat following completion of the state-of-the-art composite building that has taken government 20 years to finish.

Establishment of a seat of the superior court at Chinhoyi would bring the number of High Court seats outside Harare to four. Others are at Bulawayo, Mutare and Masvingo.

The new complex in Chinhoyi has eight courtrooms, offices, a library, a canteen and a kitchen.

Justice minister, Ziyambi Ziyambi said government prioritises citizens’ easy access to justice which is one of the pillars of Mnangagwa’s administration’s economic blueprint, National Development Strategy (NDS 1) that runs until 2025.

“As government, we came up with our National Development Strategy 1, and among the pillars is governance and access to justice. As the JSC, you have to ensure you drive it and realise it," Ziyambi said during an earlier tour of the giant complex.

“Our people in Mashonaland West will not have to travel to Harare to access the High Court. They will simply come here and have their cases dealt with closer home. This will go a long way in ensuring that our agenda as government is realised.

“We used to have a concentration of courts in a few areas and these regional courts would be crowded,” he said.

Added the minister, “As government, we said we cannot develop our country if access to justice is not there. This is the thrust we are looking at as government, that in terms of NDS 1, how do we move forward.”

The project was wholly funded by government is expected to ease judicial officers and other ancillary staff accommodation woes.

Today, NewsAnchor visited the official opening ceremony site and witnessed preparations for the president's visit in full swing, with events hire service Rooney's putting final touches to the top-table.

The Municipality of Chinhoyi, which is notorious for not paying attention to unkempt surroundings, had labourers all over the place cutting grass, picking litter and putting road signage.

Security is tight in the central business district (CBD) where the building within s located with state agents cordoning off the court premises, while Authur Maramba Street which passes through the complex is temporarily closed.

Construction contracted to a Chinese firm, Haulong, with help from the Public Works Ministry, began in 2001 and had been stalled due to lack of funding.

Works re-started early 2018 at the inception of the ‘Second Republic’ led by Mnangagwa.

Meanwhile, Zvimba East Member of Parliament (MP), Tawanda Tungamirai has awkwardly issued threats to senior Zanu PF members who fail to attend tomorrow's event. 

He castigated Zanu PF members who perennially snub Mnangagwa during visits to the province.

''I have noticed that some of our members are in the habit of not attending events being led by our President when he visits the province and on other national events.

"Surprisingly the same members rush to scramble for stands and land, but the same people don't want to be present when the President is having programmes in our province," Tungamirai said, although the curious timing of his statement contradicts government position dissuading gatherings in light of the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic.

"I will record all those of you who absent themselves on Friday when the President visits Chinhoyi,'' he said.

Tungamirai was speaking during a Zvimba Zanu PF district coordinating committee (DCC) meeting in Banket on Wednesday.

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