Chidyausiku's office burgled

HARARE - Cops were yesterday investigating a burglary at Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku’s office after a door to his offices was forced open and valuables stolen.

The Chief Justice is now checking his secret documents to see if anything has been stolen besides a computer.

He wants to find out whether the raid was the work of a thief or an internal job.

The break-in happened at his offices at the Mashonganyika Building complex on Sunday.

A desktop computer and a television set were stolen, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC’s) acting secretary Justice Rita Makarau has said.

Makarau told a news conference that the matter was now being handled by the police.

“We believe this occurred during the night of Sunday August 31, 2014,” she said.

“The burglary was discovered during the morning of September 1, 2014. His desk-top computer and a television set are among some other items that were stolen.”

She said the JSC was still assessing whether any other assets belonging to Chidyausiku or the commission were not stolen during the break-in, adding that the police had responded swiftly to the report.

“We are grateful to the police for their prompt attendance to our report.

“They have attended the scene of the offence and have commenced investigations in the matter,” she said.

Asked how the break-in could have happened considering that Chidyausiku’s offices are located at Mashonganyika Building, a place that is manned by security officers, Makarau said that was the issue the police were working on to ascertain what transpired.

Armed cops guard Mashonbganyika Building day and night, so break-ins are rare.

Most are by opportunists who grab valuables lying around.

She said investigations were going to be carried out through the security people, who man the premises.

She said the burglars could have been after information given that they stole the top judge’s computer.

Makarau, however, said the theft was not going to affect any judgments.

“We would like to assure the public that the loss of the Chief Justice’s computer has no effect on any court matters or judgments pending before the Chief Justice or the Supreme Court and or the Constitutional Court,” she said.Chief Justice’s office burgled

Comments (7)

C10 all over it... question is who has peed off.

Galore 123 - 1 September 2014

The factional fights are involving everyone. Our judges are political and it's not surprising it's happening to them

Sabhuku - 1 September 2014

You are right Sabhuku, this is part of factional fights.It has been said before that the Chief Justice belongs to a certain faction.Rita Makarau said that this kind of burglary has never happened in the whole history of the judiciary. Looks like typicalCIO work.This does not look like a criminal with a pending case. You just need to wait, the fights will get worse than this.

dzingai - 2 September 2014

Just enjoying the comments. Will wait and comment later

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GALLERYCARTIDGES - 2 September 2014

I am just wondering these people have skeletons in their cupboards and they are prone to this type of incident. One thing they forget is that above all they will also be judged.

Zvangu Zvenyu - 2 September 2014

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