New ethics code to finalise election petitions

Pending election petitions are set to be finalised with the recent set up of the judicial code of ethics.


This includes the election petition launched by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, in which he protested the conduct and results of the 2002 presidential election.

The code of ethics, which will ensure that judgements are expeditiously handed down, will soon be gazetted as a statutory instrument in terms of the Judicial Services Act (Chapter 7:18).

Judicial Code of Ethics deputy, Obert Gutu, told The Zimbabwean in an interview: “This should bring a breath of fresh air to the way justice is dealt with in Zimbabwe.” “Gone are the days when people should wait for an inordinate period before judgment is handed down, “said Gutu who is also a Chisipite senator.

Chief Justice Chidyausiku was recently quoted saying he was not happy with some three unnamed judges who he allegedly accused of failing to hand down judgments in time.

“I am not privy though to the basis of Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku’s comments about three judges he is not happy with but government being a major stakeholder in the delivery of justice hopes all our judicial officers are beyond reproach,” said Gutu.

Political and Social analysts Ernest Mudzengi said he hoped the government would ensure delivery of justice to all cases.

Mudzengi, however, noted that the conclusion of most of the decade old election petitions will only be academic.

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