Today, the ICJ launched a project at Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University intended to assist with legal services to those in need in Bindura.
The legal aid clinics project, which is supported by the European Union, is aimed at improving access to justice in Zimbabwe while also providing an opportunity for students to develop critical skills that will enhance their work as legal practitioners.
Speaking at the launch, the Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Zimbabwe, Timo Olkkonen commended the University for being socially responsive to the community surrounding it.
He remarked, “in these difficult economic conditions, more people than before are finding it difficult to afford legal representation. This in turn negatively impacts on the protection of their constitutional rights. The establishment of the legal aid clinic will address this.”
Professor Chingarande-Mutanga, the Vice Chancellor of Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti stated that, “The establishment of the legal aid clinic is a special innovative hub with the idea to develop a practical and professional who is well rounded and able to provide solutions to the legal challenges faced by the community.”
Arnold Tsunga, ICJ’s Africa Regional Director, remarked that “this initiative supports the full implementation of the Constitution and promotes equal access to justice for all through addressing the needs of those in disadvantaged in their capacity to obtain needed legal services.”
The launch was attended by the Mayor for Bindura, Carlos Tokyo, the Executive Secretary of the Law of Society, Edward Mapara, representatives from the Judicial Service Commission, students, and other residents of Bindura.
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