rita makarau.jpgThe Judiciary Service Commission (JSC) has launched a strategic plan to enhance accountability, professionalism and curb corruption among judicial officers.

The strategic plan launch comes after consultations with relevant stakeholders.

In an interview on the sidelines of the launch of the strategic plan, Acting JSC Secretary, Rita Makarau (pictured) said the commission has come up with an improved approach to curb corruption, saying those found guilty will be severely punished.

“While the issue of low salaries can be seen as an incentive for our officers to engage on corrupt activities, we have put in place measures to enable accountability among officers as their work will be reviewed by the commission,” Makarau said.

However, the strategic plan comes at a time there are complaints of poor funding and lack of resources for the commission, a situation that has compromised service delivery.

The JSC was established in 2010.

The move which was seen as a way of promoting judiciary independence resulted in magistrates and support staff being transferred from the Public Service Commission (PSC) to the JSC.