Zimbabwe’s government has caused outrage after it emerged that it was spending thousands on importing wigs from the UK for judges.
According to the Zimbabwe Independent, the country’s judiciary placed an order for 64 horse-hair wigs from Stanley Ley Legal Outfitters in London, at a cost of £1,850 each.
Stanley Ginsburg, the owner of Stanley Ley, told CNN that his company had supplied Zimbabwe with wigs but it was not as many as reported in the Zimbabwean media.
Many in Zimbabwe voiced their concern as the expenditure was revealed.
Arnold Tsunga, Africa director at the International Commission of Jurists, wrote on Twitter: ‘The judicial wig (colonial) tradition continues in Zimbabwe with all its costs and controversy, without any meaningful benefit to access to justice.’
While Hopewell Chin’ono, a leading Zimbabwean journalist and documentary filmmaker, wrote: ‘I have argued that this country suffers from a catastrophic mismanagement of resources.
‘How do you explain a government allocating $155,000 for wigs to be bought in England when the same government is failing to buy bandages and betadine for infants in pediatric wards.’
‘These are people who shout about sovereignty and anti-colonial rhetoric and yet they are still wearing hideous wigs.’
‘You can take Zimbabwe out of the empire, but you can’t take the empire out of Zimbabwe.’
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