By Professor Matodzi
Harare, April 22, 2014 – High Court Judge President Justice George
Chiweshe has been relegated to resolving disputes between judges over
parking space, it has emerged.
Radio VOP understands that frequent clashes between the judicial
officers over parking slots for vehicles at the High Court located
along Samora Machel has prompted Chiweshe to intervene by issuing a
memorandum apportioning parking bays to the judges.
In his memo, which Radio VOP is in possession of, Chiweshe had to
issue a list indicating the provisional allocation of parking bays for
The High Court Judge President advised the judges with objections to
the provisional allocation of parking slots to raise them with him
“failing which the allocations shall be deemed final.”
Besides judges, Chiweshe also allocated parking bays for the Judicial
Service Commission (JSC) personnel, the Registrar of the High Court,
the Master, the Sheriff and five assessors.
This is not the first time that Chiweshe has had to intervene and call
judges to order.
In 2011, Chiweshe read the riot act to judges over scruffy dressing
and playing truant. But in response to Chiweshe’s rebuke, the judges
demanded to be supplied with suits to improve their shabby dressing.
The judges implored their employer, the JSC to supply them with three
suits, five shirts or five blouses and three pairs of shoes per year.
The judges said the provision of clothing to the country’s High Court
judges would cost a total of $27 560 per annum at an individual cost
of $1 060.