Namibia’s judiciary commends Zim

Namibia’s judiciary commends Zim

By Peter Chivhima

THE Namibian Judicial Service Commission delegation which is in Zimbabwe to share ideas with their counterparts has commended the Second Republic for transforming the local judiciary sector.

The delegation, slwhich met Chief Justice Luke Malaba at his offices in Harare this Tuesday, is in the country to tap into the Integrated Electronic Case Management System and other progressive initiatives which Zimbabwe has adopted to enhance justice delivery.

Head of delegation, Namibia Deputy Chief Justice Mr Petrus Damaseb spoke about the purpose of their visit and commended the Second Republic for transforming the Zimbabwean judiciary sector.

“We are basically focusing on the operations of the commercial court division of the High Court of Zimbabwe as we are looking forward to establish a commercial court in Namibia. We are in Zimbabwe to learn from our colleagues and we expect to tap the reforms and introduce them to our country,” he said.

Zimbabwe’s Judicial Service Commission Secretary Walter Chikwanha highlighted some of the developments that have taken place in the justice delivery system since the coming in of the Second Republic.

“We have done a lot in terms of decentralisation of our courts. For so many decades, the high Court was in Harare and Bulawayo only, but we are now in various provinces.

“We have worked hard to make sure that our services are available to many. Very soon, the Lupane Court will be opened. We are constructing a court in Mtawatawa. We have also increased the number of regional magistrates from 25 to 50 and opened regional magistrates as part of decentralisation so that we limit the distance litigants can travel to access our services,” he said.

Establishment of the Commercial Court Division of the High Court of Zimbabwe, introduction of Integrated Electronic Case Management System and construction of court buildings in various provinces are some of the major milestones in the sector which have attracted the attention of countries like Namibia and Zambia.