high court building.jpgA Harare lawyer has called for a cultural revolution to end corruption that is crippling the justice delivery system in the country.

 

The call follows cases of corruption involving prosecutors, magistrates and other court officials which have been brought before the courts.
 
Harare Lawyer Mr Pisirayi Kwenda said there is an urgent need to address the corruption cancer for the rule of law to be upheld, adding that people might end up losing confidence in the justice delivery system.

 

He urged every Zimbabwean to be involved in the fight against corruption.

 

Mr Kwenda said: “It seems like corruption is being accepted everywhere and it is very unfortunate that people think corruption is the only solution to their financial problems.”

 

Meanwhile, Attorney General Mr Johannes Tomana called for prosecutors to value their responsibilities to the people and shun corruption.

 

“The nation cannot be built on corruption, the prosecutors must value their office as public officers and shun corruption,” said the Attorney General.

 

Mr Tomana said a number of his officers have stood before the courts on charges of corruption and urged the public to report such cases to authorities.

Some analysts have raised concerns over existing laws on corruption which they say are not deterrent enough.

 

Currently, those convicted of corruption are sentenced to between 12 months to 3 years in jail.

 

This year, a Zvishavane magistrate, a prosecutor and an interpreter were sentenced to 3 years imprisonment after being convicted of corruption.