harare-magistrates-court.03.09.10.jpgStriking public prosecutors from across the country have vowed not to go back to work until authorities address their concerns.

The strike has entered day two with prosecutors gathering at the Attorney-General’s office demanding salary increments.

The secretary general of the Zimbabwe Law Officers Association, Mr Dereck Charamba, said salary disparities between the prosecutors and magistrates has necessitated the industrial action.

He said the magistrates who now fall under the Judiciary Service Commission, get their budget from the same coffers, the Treasury.

Posecutors who spoke to ZBC News said the authorities should consider their vulnerability as low officers who represent the State and ensuring offenders are convicted.

Others said their profession has been tainted due to allegations of corruption which they say can be fueled by poor salaries.

The public prosecutors still fall under the Public Service Commission despite the existence of the Attorney-General’s Act which was put in place to enable the AG’s office to operate as an independent department.

Meanwhile, the courts are still being manned by attaches from the uniformed forces while most of the cases are being postponed.

Deputy Attorney-General Nelson Dias refused to talk to ZBC news.