Chiefs Want Salary Raise

Chiefs Want Salary Raise
Published: 2016 July 05 02:39:10 (2051 Views)
Chiefs have said they want their salary increased to the level of Judicial Service Commission personnel, arguing that they they handle matters that are similar to magistrates and judges duties.

Contributing during a seminar on the Law and Procedure in Local Courts in Gweru yesterday, traditional leaders drawn from the country’s 10 provinces said they were being forced to dig deep into their pockets to fund customary courts.

Zimbabwe Council of Chiefs president Chief Fortune Charumbira said since traditional leaders preside over courts under customary law, they should be employed by the commission and be given some form of payment for their services.

“Chiefs are saying we should charge $20 court fee as a way of raising enough money to cover costs associated with presiding over matters. However, that amount is too much since villagers will fail to raise that money. The solution therefore lies in the JSC putting us on the payroll.”

Chief Chiduku from Chipinge said traditional leaders’ courts were being affected by lack of funding.

“We ask the JSC to pay us some form of allowance as traditional leaders because we perform JSC duties at our courts. Like at my court, one pays $5 to report a matter and that money is not enough since we need to buy stationery and also provide transport money for the assessors, clerks and Messenger of Court who assist us in presiding over reported matters,” he said.

Chief Chiduku said magistrates had all the resources at their disposal to discharge their duties while chiefs were forced to subsidise what are supposed to be JSC operations.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Gibson Mandaza said the chiefs should get their stationery from the courts around them.

- Herald
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