Four Ministry of Justice officials arrested

Four officials with the Ministry of Justice were last week arrested on corruption charges, according to the Minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Mnangagwa made the revelation while addressing journalists after the official opening of the 2014 legal year by the Chief Justice, Godfrey Chidyausiku, in the capital today.

He said that his ministry would leave no stone unturned in the fight against corruption.

“We have realised that corruption is not restricted to any class of people. It is across the board and as the Ministry of Justice, we are going to do our best to bring to book all the elements involved in corrupt activities.

“Last week, we arrested four officials within the Ministry on corruption charges and we are not stopping there because we want corruption to go,” said Mnangagwa. He said that it was a collective responsibility of Zimbabweans to fight corruption.

Speaking at the official opening of the 2013 legal year, Chidyausiku lambasted corruption within Zimbabwe’s judiciary which he said was mostly pronounced within the police, prisons as well as the Attorney General’s Department.

Mnangagwa appealed to the Ministry of Finance to ensure that retention allowances for magistrates, law officers as well as prosecutors are restored as a way of boosting morale among workers in the judiciary sector.

On December 8, a circular from the Civil Service Commission cited financial challenges as the reason behind the scrapping of the monthly skills retention allowances.

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