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Judiciary support staff call off strike

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Members of staff in the Judiciary who have been on strike to press for higher salaries have resolved to resume work.

Judiciary Spokesperson, Mlenga Mvula, confirmed Tuesday that the staff will go back to work today following negotiations which they had with the Chief Justice, Andrew Nyirenda, on Tuesday.

Mvula said the Chief Justice reasoned with the support staff to resume work, saying the Judiciary will resolve their grievances in due course.

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“The Chief Justice and the aggrieved members of staff agreed that the salary increment, house allowances and salary harmonisation are long-term grievances which could not be resolved immediately,” he said.

Mvula has since conceded that the Judiciary’s three-day strike paralysed day-to-day operations.

He said all the cases which are scheduled for today onwards will continue as planned while those whose hearing coincided with the strike will be allocated new dates.

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National Police Spokesperson, James Kadadzera, said the strike fuelled congestion in their holding cells.

Kadadzera said although the police were granting bail to suspects arrested for minor offences, congestion remained a major challenge.

“We are mandated by law to arrest the suspected law breakers to maintain law and order in the country. Congestion has been our main challenge in the past few days because we were making the arrests without any legal outlets,” he said.

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