JSC trans­fers 33 mag­is­trates in re­de­ploy­ment ex­er­cise

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Aux­ilia Ka­ton­go­mara Chron­i­cle Reporter

THE Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion has em­barked on a mas­sive re­de­ploy­ment ex­er­cise with 33 mag­is­trates be­ing trans­ferred as it scales up anti-graft ef­forts.

The ex­er­cise is mainly tar­get­ing mag­is­trates in bor­der and min­ing towns and those that have over­stayed at their sta­tions.

Chief Mag­is­trate Mishrod Gu­va­mombe yes­ter­day con­firmed the trans­fers and em­pha­sised that the re­de­ploy­ment was a rou­tine ex­er­cise in the JSC.

“The trans­fers are a rou­tine ex­er­cise meant to strengthen op­er­a­tions within the sys­tem. Those that have been trans­ferred have never been con­victed or should not be per­ceived to be cor­rupt.

The trans­fers will be con­ducted in batches due to fi­nan­cial chal­lenges to cater for re­lo­ca­tion al­lowances,” said Mr Gu­va­mombe.

He said some of the trans­fers are ef­fec­tive on Novem­ber 1, De­cem­ber 1 and the fi­nal on Jan­uary 1 next year.

“By Novem­ber 1, we will have trans­ferred 12 mag­is­trates. An­other batch of 12 will move by De­cem­ber 1 while the last group of nine will be at their new sta­tions by Jan­uary 1 next year,” said Mr Gu­va­mombe.

He said over­stay­ing at one sta­tion may end up com­pro­mis­ing mag­is­trates and the rou­tine trans­fers are nec­es­sary to fight the scourge of cor­rup­tion.

From Bu­l­awayo, provin­cial mag­is­trate Ms Maryln Mut­shina will be mov­ing to Mu­toko while West Com­mon­age Court res­i­dent mag­is­trate Mr Abed­nico Nde­bele is mov­ing to Esigo­dini as res­i­dent mag­is­trate.

Mr Lungile Ncube from Esigo­dini will re­place Nde­bele as res­i­dent mag­is­trate at Western Com­mon­age Courts in Jan­uary next year.

Mr E Sibanda from Mu­toko will re­place Ms Mut­shina.

Gwanda mag­is­trate Mrs Sheila Na­zombe swaps with Karoi mag­is­trate Mr Obe­di­ence Matare. Their trans­fer is ef­fec­tive in Jan­uary next year.

Two Plumtree mag­is­trates re­de­ployed are Mr Li­vard Phile­mon and Mr Gideon Ru­vetsa.

Mr Phile­mon has been moved to Kwekwe as res­i­dent mag­is­trate with Mr Tau­rai Man­were from Kwekwe tak­ing over from Phile­mon as the Plumtree res­i­dent mag­is­trate on Novem­ber 1.

Mr Ru­vetsa moves to Harare with Mr Joshua Mawere, who was sworn in this year, fill­ing his po­si­tion.

Mr In­no­cent Bepura from Beit­bridge has been trans­ferred to Mutare swap­ping with Mrs Sekai Chi­wun­dura.

Beit­bridge res­i­dent mag­is­trate Mrs Glo­ria Takundwa has been re­de­ployed to Nyanga as res­i­dent mag­is­trate swap­ping with Mutare res­i­dent mag­is­trate Mr Lang­ton Muk­wengi.

Mr Peter Madiba from Zvisha­vane had been trans­ferred to Masvingo with Ms Lyn Manyika re­plac­ing him from Masvingo.

Other re­de­ployed mag­is­trates are from Mashona­land and Harare prov­inces.

Mr Gu­va­mombe en­cour­aged the af­fected mag­is­trates to com­plete their partly heard mat­ters be­fore they move to their new sta­tions.

The trans­fers by the JSC come a few days after the De­part­ment of Im­mi­gra­tion re­de­ployed 157 of­fi­cers from ports of en­try across the coun­try in com­pli­ance with the Gov­ern­ment’s di­rec­tive to trans­fer all those who have stayed at their sta­tions for more than five years.

The Zim­babwe Re­pub­lic Po­lice (ZRP) has re­de­ployed 500 po­lice of­fi­cers from Beit­bridge to var­i­ous sta­tions across the coun­try, while the Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion has also ini­ti­ated the same process.

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