Lawyers march demanding ‘restoration of rule of law’

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A Harare lawyer has been hauled before court on fraud charges after having sold his property which was attached by the High Court, the court heard.
A Harare lawyer has been hauled before court on fraud charges after having sold his property which was attached by the High Court, the court heard.

Lawyers embarked on a march on Tuesday  to petition the Constitutional Court over the lack of rule of law in the country.

Armed with placards written, stop politicising the judiciary, hands off judiciary, the lawyers are demanding what they said “a return to the rule of law”

A human rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa said they were asking for respect for conduct of trials.

“The petition is asking for the restoration of the rule of law in the country, for respect of our constitution.

“ The purpose of the petition is basically to call for the restoration of the rule of law, respect for the constitution, respect for human rights and in particular respect for conduct of trials which must follow the normal due process where people are accorded all their rights,” Mtetwa said.

She said the current trials are being fast-tracked  and their clients are being denied medical attention.

“In particular, respect of all rights associated with trials and this is with reference with the current prosecutions which are being fast tracked without pre-trial procedures being followed with lawyers being denied access clients.

“With some injured persons being denied medical attention and generally trials that are being conducted outside what would be regarded as fair and impartial justice,” she said.

Mtetwa said lawyers have not resolved to withdraw their services although they feel like they are sanitising the current situation.

“The lawyers have not resolved to withdraw their services, if they so resolve in future I am sure you will know about that.

“ We feel that we might be sanitising a process that is not going the way is suppose to be,” she said.