The government has availed RTGS$5,8 million for the resumption of construction work at the Gwanda Magistrates Court that was abandoned 10 years ago due to funding constraints.
The magistrates court is among the many public sector investment projects that had been abandoned by the previous government due to funding constraints.
This has unfortunately has resulted in some of the buildings deteriorating or construction materials being stolen.
Luckily for the Gwanda Magistrates Court, the infrastructure is still solid and the recent availing of RTGS$5,8 million by treasury will see work at the site resuming soon.
Chief Justice Luke Mmalaba, who was in Gwanda the Wednedsay to assess the infrastructure, said it is unacceptable that the Matabeleland South provincial capital is still operating without a magistrates court.
“We have been concerned as the Judiciary Service Commission that Gwanda does not have a magistrates court. That is an anomaly. We want to assure the people of Gwanda that remedial measures are being taken,” he said.
The Chief Justice, who was in the company of the Provincial Minister of State, Cde Abednico Ncube, gave assurances that the court complex will be complete in the next 18 months.
“This is a national project and we believe that the government will ensure that it is completed in at least 18 months. We should set clear timelines with public works. We need to unite and have this project complete for the benefit of our people,” he said.
The critical shortage of space has affected court sittings, while many officers are crowded in a few offices that have been made available by the Judicial Services Commission (JSC).
Upon completion, the new complex will have eight court rooms, a number of offices to accommodate police and prison officials and prosecutors, as well as a basement with holding cells.