Mag­is­trates re­sign ‘in protest over trans­fers’

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TWO Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trates who were re­de­ployed to new sta­tions in Septem­ber have re­signed al­legedly in protest at be­ing trans­ferred.

While the Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion yes­ter­day in­sisted that Mr Abed­nico Nde­bele and Ms Maryln Muchina ten­dered their res­ig­na­tions due to other undis­closed rea­sons, sources said the two were leav­ing al­legedly in protest over the trans­fers.

Mr Nde­bele, who is based at West­ern Com­mon­age mag­is­trate’s courts, had been trans­ferred to Esigodini with ef­fect from Jan­uary 1 next year while Ms Muchina was due to start work last Tues­day in Mu­toko.

Chief Mag­is­trate Mr Mishrod Gu­va­mombe con­firmed the duo’s res­ig­na­tion from the JSC but said it had noth­ing to do with their re­de­ploy­ment.

He said re­de­ploy­ments were nor­mal in the JSC and were meant to strengthen op­er­a­tions and curb cor­rup­tion.

“The two have re­signed but it has noth­ing to do with the trans­fers. They never com­plained, they in­stead cited other rea­sons.

“As for de­ploy­ments it’s part of their work but so far none of the mag­is­trates moved have com­plained. To those who have challenges we en­deav­our to ad­dress them,” said Mr Gu­va­mombe.

The chief mag­is­trate said Ms Muchina has since left as she re­signed with im­me­di­ate ef­fect. He said Mr Nde­bele would leave on De­cem­ber 31. Sources said Mr Nde­bele and Ms Muchina were not happy with the trans­fers.

“The two were not ready to move to their new sta­tions. As for Nde­bele he was yet to set­tle at West­ern Com­mon­age af­ter be­ing moved from the re­gional courts last year then an­other trans­fer came up. The res­ig­na­tions could be a sign of protest,” said a source.

Ms Muchina was sworn in as a mag­is­trate in 2014 af­ter serv­ing four years as a trainee mag­is­trate in a ca­reer span­ning six years at Tred­gold Mag­is­trates’ Court.

Mr Nde­bele at­tended the Ju­di­cial Col­lege of Zimbabwe (JCZ) class of 1995 to 1997 and was among the first group of mag­is­trates to at­tend the JCZ.

He was sworn in as mag­is­trate in De­cem­ber 1997 and was de­ployed at West Com­mon­age Mag­is­trates’ Court be­fore mov­ing to Tred­gold in 1999.

In 2002, he was re-de­ployed to West­ern Com­mon­age be­fore mov­ing to Plumtree in 2003.

In Oc­to­ber 2003, Mr Nde­bele was trans­ferred to Tsholot­sho where he was sta­tioned un­til May 2015 when he was el­e­vated to act­ing re­gional mag­is­trate at the re­gional court at Tred­gold Mag­is­trates’ Court.

Mr Nde­bele was act­ing re­gional mag­is­trate fol­low­ing the dis­missal of Mr Sikhum­buzo Ny­athi.

The post was then taken up by Mrs Si­bongile Msipa-Marond­edze re­sult­ing in Mr Nde­bele be­ing moved to West Com­mon­age Courts in Oc­to­ber last year prior to his lat­est trans­fer.

The Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion in Septem­ber em­barked on a mas­sive re­de­ploy­ment ex­er­cise which saw 33 mag­is­trates be­ing trans­ferred.

The ex­er­cise was mainly tar­get­ing mag­is­trates in bor­der, min­ing towns and those that had over­stayed at their sta­tions. — @Aux­il­iaK

Chief Mag­is­trate Mr Mishrod Gu­va­mombe

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