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Mkoba, Senga to get magistrate courts

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Mkoba, Senga to get magistrate courts

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Sydney Mubaiwa
MIDLANDS BUREAU


GWERU – The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has plans to build three magistrates’ courts in Senga and Mkoba in Gweru, and Gokwe North, JSC secretary Walter Chikwanha has said.
He told The Mirror in an interview that this is part of JSC’s broader efforts at bringing the justice delivery system to communities for ease of access.
“It has been necessary because of the rural-to-urban migration to establish courts in residential areas so that we do not have members of the public travelling from high-density areas going into town to access the nearest court. In Gweru, we want to have a court in Senga and Mkoba to ease access to the courts by the general public, “he said.
Chikwanha also said that plans are afoot for setting up a High Court in Gweru.
“High courts are available in Harare, Bulawayo, Masvingo, Chinhoyi and Mutare. Construction of a High Court is currently underway in Gwanda and plans are to establish one in Gweru,” he said.
The City of Gweru gave land to the JSC earlier this year to construct magistrate courts at Mkoba 5 Turnoff and High Court near Megawatt Mall along the Bulawayo Highway.
Prominent Gweru Lawyer Esau Mandipa of Mutatu and Mandipa Legal Practitioners commented on the JSC for spearheading the move.
“Having additional courts in Mkoba high-density suburbs in Gweru and Nembudziya in Gokwe North is a welcomed development for the justice delivery system. We need more courts especially criminal courts to address the problem of backlogs,” he said.
Another lawyer, Ignatius Mupfiga of Gundu, Dube and Pamacheche Legal Practitioners, said setting up courts would help enhance justice delivery.
“It is a common cause that we have a growing population in need of legal services. The development comes with many advantages, including increased access to justice for local people and decongests the courts,” he said.

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