While our precious leader in SA proclaimed that the judicial system complicate issues and called for problems to be solved in African ways, Zimbabwe chiefs are being trained on judicial role in-order to update them on the requirements of the law.
BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that the Chief Magistrate’s offices in Zimbabwe have commenced a training program for the traditional leaders in the country so as to equip them with skills and knowledge on judicial functions.
Chief Magistrate, Mishrod Guvamombe at the Chiefs Council meeting in Harare, divulged during an interview that chiefs from three provinces are already trained and that the remaining provinces would get their training come end of June.
“The Chief Magistrate’s offices are rolling out training for chiefs to build capacities in our chiefs, when they perform their judicial functions. The training are just to make sure that they are kept up to date on the requirements of the law,” Guvamombe said.
He added that “the Customary Law and Local Courts Act is the bible which must be followed by Chiefs when they are doing their work. They must not go outside the law, they must abide by that Act and its provisions and do their duties in terms of the law and not outside the law.”
The Chief Magistrate further related that they would extend the training to headmen after all Zimbabwe Chiefs are trained. This he said, will help them grab a better understanding of their role in judicial functions.
He however, reckoned that limited funds might get in the way of actualizing the aims of the training program.
According to him, it’s been a long time the Chief Magistrate’s offices embarked on the training program due to resources constraints. But then, development partners availed funds for the training program to continue.
“…Because of cooperating partners they have got some bit of money, so we felt it is appropriate to give them skills, the capacity so that they perform their duties properly,” Guvamombe disclosed.