Justice Charles Hungwe said: There is need to address the issue expeditiously in order that these hardworking officials continue to render outstanding service to the society. I mention this because, without the work of our supporting staff in the courts and elsewhere in the public service, there could be no proper administration of justice. Hungwe said while the country enjoyed some economic stability, this had not translated to economic growth as many had hoped for.
He said the prison service had been faced with a shortage of food for inmates and overcrowding in remand prisons in the country and in Mutare in particular. Hungwe praised the Manicaland chapter of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights for bringing the issue of overcrowding and food scarcity to his attention, which led to the releasing of 60 remand prisoners. This effort demonstrated the practical application of the human rights driven solutions to our everyday challenges in the practice of the law, he said.