The National Prosecutor General Mr Kumbirai Hodzi has commissioned anti-corruption courts in Manicaland Province in a move that is expected to improve service delivery by the country’s judiciary sector in dealing with graft cases.

The Prosecutor General said the courts are the last line of defence against corruption and assured the nation that the prosecuting authority will not compromise on the duty to fight the scourge that is cancerous to the economy.

Mr Hodzi added that corruption should be shunned as it affects the attainment of vision 2030, while highlighting that the establishment of anti- corruption courts is testimony that both the Judiciary Services Commission and the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs are committed to improve the country’s justice delivery system.

“The court will play an important role in fighting corruption and their establishment shows commitment by the judiciary sector to deal with graft cases,” he said.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Mrs Virginia Mabhiza said the opening of the specialised anti-corruption courts is a milestone achievement in improving access to justice, adding that the development is in line with the country’s focus to attract investors as it guarantees prompt responses to corruption cases.

“There is consensus that justice should be accessed by all. The commissioning of the anti-corruption courts resonates well with the focus to lure investments as it guarantees that corruption cases will be dealt with expeditiously,” said Mrs Mabhiza.

The prosecution authority underscored the need to equip the specialised courts and improve conditions of service of office bearers in order to fight corruption within the judiciary system.

The opening of specialised courts in Manicaland Province, after Harare and Bulawayo, will be followed by commissioning of similar courts in Masvingo and Midlands provinces in two-weeks time.

Zimbabwe signed the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) on 20 February 2004 and ratified it on 8 March the same year.