Ramod­ibedi in hos­pi­hos­pi­tal

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Lekhetho Nt­sukun­yane

SUS­PENDED swaziland Chief Jus­tice Michael Ramod­ibedi has been ad­mit­ted at Mba­bane Clinic af­ter com­plain­ing of dizzi­ness.

Jus­tice Ramod­ibedi — a Mosotho who had been swaziland’s Chief Jus­tice since 2010 and was Le­sotho’s Court of Ap­peal pres­i­dent from 2008 un­til his res­ig­na­tion last year to avoid im­peach­ment for pos­si­ble abuse of of­fice — was ex­pected to at­tend his im­peach­ment hear­ing at the Royal swazi sun Con­ven­tion on tues­day this week.

how­ever, the hear­ing sub­se­quently pro­ceeded with­out the learned judge af­ter he was trans­ported from his house in them­be­lihle by an am­bu­lance at around 11:30am and rushed to the clinic where he was ad­mit­ted.

Ac­cord­ing to swazi media re­ports, the drama started at around 8am when Jus­tice Ramod­ibedi’s chauf­feur ar­rived at his man­sion hop­ing to trans­port him to the hear­ing in ezul­wini. how­ever, the driver was told to go back as the sus­pended judge was not feel­ing well.

Ac­cord­ing to the Swazi Ob­server, a few min­utes later, the driver left the judges’ com­plex and af­ter an hour, sipho Mnisi, who was Jus­tice Ramod­ibedi’s at­tor­ney be­fore he sacked him on Mon­day, ar­rived at the com­plex.

Min­utes later, an am­bu­lance ar­rived to take Jus­tice Ramod­ibedi, and his wife while their son was chauf­feured in a Mercedes Benz, the pa­per noted.

Late in the af­ter­noon, Jus­tice Ramod­ibedi’s el­der son, Napo and daugh­ter were “ush­ered into their fa­ther’s ward” by po­lice of­fi­cers, which the Swazi Ob­server sug­gested the ill­ness could have been se­ri­ous.

Mean­while, Jus­tice Ramod­ibedi, who once bar­ri­caded him­self in his house for 37 days from 17 April 2015 to avoid ar­rest for al­leged abuse of power, on Mon­day told the high Court through Ad­vo­cate Mnisi that he was not feel­ing well hence he could not ap­pear be­fore the court.

the judge had ear­lier launched an ap­pli­ca­tion be­fore the high Court seek­ing the ar­rest war­rant to be nul­li­fied. How­ever, High Court Judge Jus­tice Mbutfo Mamba re­jected the ap­pli­ca­tion on the grounds it was “mis­con­ceived and with­out mer­its”.

Ac­cord­ing to media re­ports, mem­bers of the Royal swaziland Po­lice (RSP), who had been sta­tioned at Jus­tice Ramod­ibedi’s home since a war­rant of his ar­rest was is­sued on 17 April 2015, had now moved to Mba­bane Clinic to en­sure he does not slip out of the fa­cil­ity.

Sus­pended Swaziland Chief Jus­tice Michael Ramod­ibedi

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