‘Pub­lic frus­trated by of­fi­cials im­pli­cated in cor­rup­tion’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Harare Bureau

THE pub­lic is frus­trated be­cause of­fi­cials im­pli­cated in cor­rup­tion are us­ing le­gal tech­ni­cal­i­ties to evade ar­rest and an­swer to charges they are fac­ing, pres­i­dent of the Chief ’s Coun­cil, Chief For­tune Charumbira said yes­ter­day.

In an in­ter­view af­ter pre­sent­ing a pa­per ti­tled “The Role of Tra­di­tional Lead­er­ship in Na­tional Gov­er­nance and Its Im­pact on Na­tional Se­cu­rity” at the Na­tional De­fence Col­lege in Harare yes­ter­day, Chief Charumbira con­demned cor­rup­tion in the coun­try say­ing this was caus­ing the so­ci­ety to lose con­fi­dence in the “Western” jus­tice de­liv­ery sys­tem.

Chief Charumbira said the Western jus­tice sys­tem had failed the pub­lic in en­sur­ing that in­di­vid­u­als steal­ing or un­fairly ben­e­fit­ting from pub­lic re­sources are not be­ing pun­ished as they are walk­ing scot-free while in­crim­i­nat­ing ev­i­dence will be avail­able.

“On cor­rup­tion, the prob­lem is, we are us­ing a Western sys­tem which is be­ing abused by those who have money. Cor­rupt in­di­vid­u­als are be­ing left free be­cause of tech­ni­cal­ity is­sues. Jus­tice should be in ac­cor­dance with the ex­pec­ta­tions of the so­ci­ety. The pub­lic is say­ing, we are fed up as peo­ple are not be­ing brought to book,” he said.

“With this Western jus­tice de­liv­ery sys­tem, if you are rich, you can buy good lawyers. You can ac­tu­ally use the money that you stole to pay the good lawyers so that they ar­gue for your re­lease. We need to in­cul­cate con­fi­dence in the jus­tice sys­tem so that jus­tice is de­liv­ered to ev­ery in­di­vid­ual.”

Chief Charumbira called for a tran­si­tion in the jus­tice de­liv­ery sys­tem from the Western to the African jus­tice sys­tem which re­quires cor­rupt in­di­vid­u­als to pay back ev­ery­thing they had looted.

He said the African jus­tice sys­tem was bet­ter than the Western way be­cause chiefs acted upon ad­vice from the elders, while in the mag­is­trates’ courts, an in­no­cent per­son could be sent to jail im­prop­erly.

“Ju­ris­dic­tion should be in sync with so­ci­etal val­ues and ad­here to prin­ci­ples of nat­u­ral jus­tice trusted by the pop­u­lace; the court refers to chap­ters, sec­tions of the law, which the par­ties are not aware of,” he said.

“Par­tic­i­pa­tion in court pro­ceed­ings is not limited to a few par­ties like those on sum­mons or sub­poe­nas in mod­ern jus­tice. The fi­nal judg­ment never hu­mil­i­ates any­one. It is a cor­rec­tion aimed at rein­te­grat­ing the of­fender af­ter per­suad­ing the vic­tim to con­sent to this ef­fect.”

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