Presenting a paper on civil rights movementsÃ¢â‚¬Â¨in Harare last Tuesday, Gutu admitted that the justiceÃ¢â‚¬Â¨delivery system was severely tarnished and corruption had become theÃ¢â‚¬Â¨order of the day.Ã¢â‚¬Â¨He said that the government needed to work quickly to rescue it.
“The entire system has been politicised and, as if this was not enough,Ã¢â‚¬Â¨there is burning corruption at the heart of the justice delivery system. SomeÃ¢â‚¬Â¨judicial officers, prosecutors and even lawyers have joined the gravy train,” he said.
The deputy minister said this had prompted the ministry to establishÃ¢â‚¬Â¨an Anti-Corruption Committee whose mandate was to identify rogueÃ¢â‚¬Â¨elements within the sector.
Gutu said the government was making frantic efforts to stabiliseÃ¢â‚¬Â¨the justice and legal departments.
“The ministry is working closely with stakeholders such as theÃ¢â‚¬Â¨Attorney General’s office and the judicial service commission.
TheÃ¢â‚¬Â¨government is making frantic efforts to address these issues and hopesÃ¢â‚¬Â¨to establish the rule of law, improve the justice systemÃ¢â‚¬Â¨and strengthen the mechanism of peace building,” he said.
As part of that work, Gutu toured the country’s prisons.
“I traveled around the country’s prisons at the beginning of 2011 and the state of the prisons is disturbing. They are like hell,” he said, adding that the ministry had plans toÃ¢â‚¬Â¨renovate the institutions.
He noted that the country’s biggest prison facility, Chikurubi Maximum Prison, wouldÃ¢â‚¬Â¨soon turn into a desert because of the extensive chopping down of trees for firewood.
“There are plans for renovation, but budget constraints make this difficult. We hopeÃ¢â‚¬Â¨that revenue from the sale of diamonds will enable us to do something sooner rather than later.”Post published in: News