Zimbabwe’s Minister of Information Communication Technology, Dr. Jenfan Muswere, has stated that the introduction of information technology into courts will improve access to justice and enhance the efficiencies within the justice delivery system in the country.
Dr. Muswere disclosed this during a presentation at the Judiciary Services Commission’s ICT training workshop in Harare where he noted that technology is critical in all sectors of the country, especially as the Government has stepped up efforts to attain an upper-middle-income society by 2030.
He noted that ICT is relevant to the judiciary’s quest to deliver world-class justice, hence the need to focus on human capital development with emphasis on such knowledge which serves as a key to creating a knowledge-driven economy for sustained growth and modernization of Zimbabwe.
“The practicality of the relevance of ICTs to the judiciary has been seen during this Covid-19 pandemic era where the need to deliver justice while adhering to measures such as social distancing has become a matter of life and death,” he said.
Appreciating the efforts of the government, High Court Judge, Justice Pisirayi Kwenda, noted that the ICT training is a wonderful initiative that is going to improve the performance of judges at their workplaces. Furthermore, he pointed that the training of judges in the use of technology dovetailed with the aspirations of the Government in its quest to have a digitally literate population in the journey to becoming an upper-middle-income society by the year 2030.