Fuel Shortages Not Undermining Justice Delivery System – Govt

Harare, March 30, 2014-Government says fuel shortages which have affected Zimbabwe’s prisons have not deterred the authorities from carrying out their work as expected.

The Deputy Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Fortune Chasi told the ZBC News that despite reported cases of fuel shortages, this has not stopped the functions of the Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services. 

Chasi also said while government does not have adequate resources, his ministry continues to fulfil its obligations.

Earlier on, the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services reported it was failing to ferry prisoners to courts across the country because of a severe shortage of fuel.

There were fears from stakeholders that the fuel crisis which has hit the organisation could have a negative impact on the justice delivery system as it could result in unnecessary postponement of cases.

The Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services had said they only received half of the fuel allocation for February and they have not received fuel for this month, thereby crippling the operations of the organisation