‘Snail’s paced’ judiciary addressed
Publish date: 23 March 2020
Issue Number: 865
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Zimbabwe’s Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi says it is difficult for the state to target ‘corrupt bigwigs’ who use their wealth to defend themselves in court. New Zimbabwe reports that he was responding to MDC-T MP Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushona who said she was concerned about the lengthy time it takes for the state to prosecute high profile graft suspects. She singled out the ‘snail’s pace’ case involving former Public Services Minister Prisca Mupfumira's who is accused of embezzling US$95m. Ziyambi said ‘high profile arrests have happened but what we also have to appreciate is that an arrest does not mean the person is guilty’. ‘There are due legal processes that have to be allowed until a verdict of guilty is reached. What we found out worldwide is that it is very difficult to prosecute a corruption case and also very expensive,’ he said. Ziyambi expressed gratitude that an amendment to the Anti-Money Laundering Act has been passed which will assist with the process.