New courthouse soars above  town, symbolising progress Construction of the new Gwanda Court House

Peter Matika, [email protected] 

PERCHED strategically on a crest akin to an eagle’s nest overlooking the quaint town of Gwanda, the new Gwanda Court House is set to become the symbol of justice and authority in Matabeleland South, replacing the makeshift courthouses that have been used in the past, causing delays. 

The three-storey courthouse exudes an imposing presence, commanding admiration from all who cross the threshold of its unexplored halls.

With adequate funding for completion, the courthouse will accommodate magistrates, judges and prosecutors handling cases from across the region. 

The project is part of the Government’s initiative to build court buildings nationwide, and Chief Justice Luke Malaba has expressed satisfaction with the progress made so far, noting that it will be the second biggest provincial court complex. 

The completion of the courthouse will ensure efficient service delivery and fair treatment of those being prosecuted. 

The project began in 2004, but stalled in 2008 due to financial constraints, before being resumed in 2019 under the Second Republic’s initiative to enhance justice delivery.

Construction of the new Gwanda Court House

For years, makeshift courthouses have been the norm in the province, with the Justice Service Commission renting various buildings to administer justice. 

At times, cases have been postponed or transferred to other provinces to maintain the rule of law and ensure the delivery of justice.

Construction of this courthouse is a segment of the broader initiative to erect court buildings nationwide, aligning with the Second Republic’s commitment to enhancing justice delivery as part of Vision 2030.

Chief Justice Malaba stated that the construction of the modern court complex in Gwanda is proof of the Government’s dedication to bringing the administration of justice closer to the populace.

“This is a national project and what the Judicial Service Commission is doing is to play an agency role. As JSC, we want to ensure that there is transformation in terms of infrastructural development of the courts,” said Chief Justice Malaba during his previous tour of construction works at the courthouse last month.

“This is in pursuit of Government policy and JSC is entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring that in the justice sector, that policy is executed within a reasonable time of undertaking a public project so that people can use it.

“We are satisfied that there is progress. We came here in December last year to assess the progress and now four months down the line, we are here with various ministries and the progress is astounding,” he said.

He said the court will also house the office of the Sheriff of the High Court, including the High Court.

“It will house all arms of the judiciary services, including the Sheriff and the High Court. The court will have state-of-the-art facilities and technological advancements.

“Through the JSC, we want all citizens to enjoy efficient service delivery. Even those that are being prosecuted will be treated fairly as there are facilities such as the holding cells that conform to standard human rights clauses.”

 

 

 

 

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