harare-magistrates-court.jpgGovernment says the detachment of lower judiciary courts from the civil service, putting them under the Judiciary Service Commission, will put a cap on corruption within the judicial arm of the state.

In an interview with ZBC News, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs, Mr David Mangota said although there is no specific time frame to measure results, the removal of the lower courts from under the civil service will improve justice delivery.

“The move to detach the lower courts from the civil service will reduce and eventually curb incidents of corruption,” said Mr Mangota.

He however lamented poor remuneration and working conditions, which he said have contributed immensely to the plummeting of corrupt activities to high levels in the courts.

Due to poor remuneration within the justice delivery system, corruption has become rife as some criminals have been granted bail under unclear circumstances.

As a result, police have questioned the sincerity of the courts to fight crime.