Zimbabweans have protested against their Chief Justice’s decision of inviting a Ugandan judge, Justice Lawrence Gidudu to lecture them on how to fight corruption.
They are arguing that with matters in regards to corruption, Uganda should stay shut because it is more corrupt and not a country worth learning from. President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently declared that corruption is Zimbabwe’s biggest enemy and they were making efforts to fight it to the core by establishing anti-corruption courts.
Therefore, Zimbabwe’s Chief Justice Luke Malaba invited Uganda’s head of the anti-corruption court, Justice Lawrence Gidudu to train Zimbabwean judges ahead of the establishment of anti-corruption courts in Zimbabwe.
Justice Gidudu’s training visit was announced by Chief Justice Luke Malaba during the official opening of the 2020 Legal Year, when he noted that Uganda had waged the war against corruption, through its specialized anti-corruption courts and anti-corruption walk headed by president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni himself over the last 10 years, building up a wealth of experience in the field that Zimbabwe wanted to share.
According to Zimbabwe’s state-owned newspaper, Malaba claimed that this strategy is meant to make amends since Uganda had waged a war against the vice that they are trying to curb. Therefore giving a Ugandan judge the opportunity to run a week-long training course for Zimbabwean judges, magistrates and state officials would appear fair.
According to the same Herald newspaper, Zimbabwe is set to establish anti-corruption courts.
This decision was received with mixed reactions as a section of Zimbabweans claimed that Uganda having entertained a corrupt dictator for about three decades now is an issue that should not be benchmarked.
The protesters want Zimbabwe to benchmark from either Rwanda or South Africa among the African countries or Singapore, Netherlands and Malaysia or elsewhere but Uganda shouldn’t be a resolution.
“We cannot benchmark from these Museveni chaps. Why not Rwanda or South Africa?” one Zimbabwean asked.
“Now why would Zimbabweans protest against us sincerely? Ugandans can protest against Ugandans but Zimbabweans shouldn’t protest against Ugandans. Allow us to teach you” One Ugandan replied.
Chief Justice Malaba, however, insisted that Zimbabwe had a lot to learn from Uganda because according to the recently released 2019 corruption index, Uganda was ranked 137 out of 180 countries while Zimbabwe sits in the 158 positions.
By Nsunjo Erica