The judiciary says as the country draws close to the 2018 harmonised elections, it will make use of the courts to ensure that all those fingered in acts of political violence are dealt with in an appropriate manner .

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has made it clear that the country is ready to deliver credible elections and has rallied the country’s citizens to shun political violence before, during and after the polls.

In his keynote address during the official opening ceremony of the Hwange Circuit 2018 legal year, Justice Martin Makonese said the courts will deal with all those implicated in political violence in an appropriate manner.

Justice Makonese applauded the Hwange High Court for having completed a total of 23 cases out of the 32 received in 2017.

He however raised concern over the steady increase in murders committed by persons suffering from mental disorders and crimes of passion across the country.

Legal practitioners and traditional leaders who graced the ceremony commended the commitment by the High Court judges to dispense justice in an impartial manner.

Calls were also made during the ceremony for the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) and the government to ensure that the conditions of service for judges and magistrates are improved.

The ceremony provided an opportunity for the judiciary to highlight some of the pertinent issues in the justice delivery system.