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JUSTICE Godfrey Chidyausiku has said it is very difficult for the endemic corruption in the country to end because of the government’s non-commitment to fulfil the conditions of service for judiciary officers.

The Chief Justice said this while addressing judiciary members during

the tour of Marondera Magistrates’ Courts last week.

“It is difficult to end corruption in the judiciary because of low salaries and the government’s decision to cut the retention allowance for all magistrates and the State’s failure to fulfil conditions of service for all judges,” he said.

The government in 2010 removed retention allowances for all judiciary officers in the country. Angered by the move the judiciary officers went on strike and the courts went for some time without sitting.

However, they did not receive the allowances and the judiciary officers are now being accused of engaging in high level corruption.

The issue of law salaries among the civil servants has previously blamed as the main cause of corruption in all public service sectors.

As the chief justice accused the judiciary of being corrupt, he also at the same time commended officers at the Marondera Magistrates’ Courts for completing 90% of court cases brought before them.

“I thank the leadership and the staff here for managing to clear the backlog of cases despite severe underfunding, unattractive working conditions and poor salaries that are addressed as a matter of urgency,” said the Chief Justice.

Source : New Zimbabwe

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