A High Court judge has lamented the continued upward trend in murder cases, particularly in the mining communities around the Midlands province with the Gweru High Court set to hear 17 cases of crimes of passion in the next two weeks.

The 2019 legal year for the Gweru High Court has been set in motion with the nation reminded of the need to uphold the moral fabric by respecting the rule of law to create an environment that is investor friendly.

Officiating at the Gweru High Court circuit 2019 legal year opening, High Court judge Justice Timothy Mabhikwa lamented the reckless behaviour, particularly by some illegal miners also known as “Amakorokoza” which has led to unnecessary loss of lives.

“Our communities have become so violent to the extent that we have a situation where young people including women are no longer afraid of death. The now too common machetes in makorokoza communities are a cause for concern. The dreaded okapi knife and the culture of resorting to violence to solve disputes is very worrying…” said Justice Mabhikwa.

Justice Mabhikwa also emphasized the need for coordination amongst the members of the judiciary while lamenting corruption as a cancer that is destroying the proper justice delivery in the country.

The opening of the legal year which is an annual event provides a roadmap that members of the judiciary have to follow as they execute their duties in that particular year.