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    Sunday, 3 July 2016

    Zaka goes without resident magistrate again


    – Zaka Magistrates Court has no resident magistrate and there are fears that the situation could go back to August 2014 when Police was forced to stop arrests because there was no judiciary officer to heat bail applications.
    The situation is bound to create a serious backlog and a delay in the delivery of justice.
    The Mirror has established that Dorothy Mwanyisa, the only magistrate who was at Zaka has since left after being promoted to a deputy registrar at Masvingo High Court.
    Sources said Bikita Resident Magistrate Caroline Tafira is now travelling to Zaka from time to time to relief the situation.
    Chief Magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe said he could not comment as he was in a meeting. He referred all questions to his deputy Mandaza who was not answering calls at the time of going to Press. The Mirror is reliably informed that it could take a year before a replacement for Mwanyisa is found. It is understood that the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) is seriously understaffed.
    "Chances are it could be a year before a replacement is found for Zaka because of shortages of magistrates. It takes a whole year to train a magistrate and this is the kind of situation that we are in," said a source that declined to be named.
    Police was forced to delay arresting suspects when the same situation happened in 2014 and this is because the law does not allow them to hold a suspect for more than 48 hours.
    This meant that criminals including dangerous ones were left to roam freely. Zaka tops Zimbabwe's crime rate with cases of murder being some of the common in the district.
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