Justice Delayed As Water Outage Shuts Down High Court

In a memorandum written on Monday and addressed to all judges at the High Court, Judge President, Justice George Chiweshe advised judges to exercise caution and not to report for duty on Monday afternoon as a result of the water disconnection.

“There are no water supplies in the high court building today. For health reasons, judges may take afternoon leave and return tomorrow when the situation is expected to have improved,” reads part of Justice Chiweshe’s memorandum.

Chiweshe said only Justice Tendai Uchena and Justice Andrew Mutema who were tasked with manning the high court’s urgent duty roster and those judges heading divisions should remain at the high court building to entertain urgent matters.

“Judges are expected to use their discretion responsibly. Those who have matters set down for hearing this afternoon must attend to them and either hear them or postpone them to a suitable date,” said Chiweshe.

It was not possible to immediately ascertain the reason for the water disconnection.

Water outages are common in Zimbabwe. During the height of the country’s economic catastrophe, courts were forced to shut down for several days as a result of water shortages.