JSC opens circuit court in Chikombedzi as serious crimes soar


MASVINGO – The Judicial Service Commission has opened a circuit court in Chikombedzi in response to the rampant cases of armed robbery and cattle rustling, Constitutional Court Judge, Justice Rita Makarau has said.

Makarau told a gathering at the official opening of the 2023 legal year on Monday that the Commission also took into consideration the inaccessibility of one of the country’s most remote areas particularly during the rainy seasons.

Chikombedzi is along the border between Zimbabwe and Mozambique and Makarau said delaying justice gives offenders time to illegally cross into Mozambique and escape from the law.

“The issue of opening a circuit court at Chikombedzi which is far away from Chiredzi and is not readily accessible during the rainy season can go a long way towards improving access to justice.

“I was informed that the crimes emanating from the area are quite serious, including, stock theft and armed robberies. The delay in prosecuting cases from this area results in the defeating of justice as the offenders easily but illegally cross borders into Mozambique,” she said.

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