To ease the workload on Zimbabwean Magistrate Courts Magistrate, The government of Zimbabwe has sworn in 8 more magistrates, Daily News reports. The 8 sworn in are:
- Charity Tonongera,
- Vavariro Gabi,
- Chiuta Dube,
- Patricia Sanganza-Kamwanda,
- Tamara Chibindi,
- Nomagugu Maphosa,
- Grace Tupiri
- Samkelisiwe Gumbo
Chief Magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi said this to the Daily News:
The swearing-in of new magistrates will go a long way in easing pressure on the current bench. The establishment of 250 magistrates that exists at the moment was set up in the 1980s and as the popula- tion of the country grew, there has not been a corresponding expansion of that establishment.
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When we look at 250 magistrates against a population of about 15 million people, there is certainly a disparity in that regard. This means a single magistrate has a mammoth task as he or she is expected to preside over hundreds of thousands of cases in a single year. The magistrates receive not less than 100 000 cases that come through our various courts across the country
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