Zimbabwe: ICJ holds anti-corruption judicial workshop

The ICJ, in collaboration with the Zimbabwe Judicial Service Commission (JSC), convened an Anti-Corruption workshop from 27-30 January 2020.

The objective was to enhance the capacity of judicial and law enforcement officials and prosecutors in respect of their roles in anti-corruption prevention and enforcement and cyber-crime investigation.

The workshop was led by Hon. Justice Lawrence Gidudu, the Head of the Anti-Corruption Division of the High Court in Uganda, who was assisted by Moses Modoi a lawyer specializing in research and capacity building that supports anti-corruption courts.

In his keynote address, Hon. Mr Justice L. Malaba Chief Justice underlined that participation by key justice actors showed commitment towards the fight against corruption.

He noted that the education and training aspects aimed to create a common understanding of standards and techniques to be applied when handling corruption matters.

He expressed the sentiment that there were lessons to be learned from the Ugandan Court which currently has had a high success rate in corruption cases.

The training workshop is part of the ICJ’s wider efforts to ensure access to justice for all in Zimbabwe and elsewhere.

The main focus here was on the global outlook and emergency of anti-corruption action; analysis of municipal Anti-Corruption legislation; managing trials in anti-corruption courts, corruption as a transnational crime, admissibility of digital evidence; asset recovery and ethics and integrity.

There were 49 participants in the portions of the workshops from 27-28 January, including 18 women, comprising Judges from the Zimbabwe High Court; Regional, Provincial and Senior Magistrates; and Registrars from the Superior Courts.

Photo: Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo, Chairperson for the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo

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