GWERU -Gweru City Council has resolved to turn popular Zaire Bar in Mkoba Village 6 into a Magistrate Court following a request by the Judicial Service Commission application for space to set up a court in the high density area.

 The setting up of a court in Mkoba Village will go a long in bringing the courts to the ordinary people as residents would have justice services on their doorsteps.

Speaking during an ordinary full council meeting last week on Wednesday, Ward 10 councillor Charles Chikozho said bringing the court to Mkoba was going to ensure that people save on transport costs to and from the Gweru Magistrates’ Court in town.

“Having a court in Mkoba will benefit the people we represent and we should, therefore, support this cause,” he added

Ward 11 councillor Albert Chirau also weighed in and applauded the development saying the move by the Judicial Service Commission would bring services to the people and reduce pressure at the main courts in the CBD.

Gweru City Council Acting Town Clerk, Vakai Chikwekwe said the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) had approached the local authority over the setting up of a court in Mkoba.

“The Judicial Service Comission said they had found a donor who needs existing infrastructure to renovate into a court.

“We then identified Zaire Bar so that the court could be set up there. The intention is to bring the justice delivery system to the people,” said Chikwekwe.

The JSC has similar courts in Glen View and Chitungwiza respectively in Harare and these have been welcomed by residents.

A Mkoba 6 resident, Nyarai Mazivisa who spoke to the Midweek Watch expressed joy over the development.

“This is good news to hear that a court is set to be established here at Mkoba 6, at least it cuts transport cost for us the residents.

“Also I believe the move will help reduce crime in our community, now that trials we be done closer to home.

“It also brings a sense of security to us as a people.” Mazivisa said. 

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