Top mag­is­trate re­in­stated, quits

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

A FOR­MER se­nior re­gional mag­is­trate who was fired for mis­con­duct and re-in­stated fol­low­ing an ap­peal at the Labour Court, has re­signed barely 24 hours af­ter get­ting his job back.

Mr Sikhum­buzo Ny­athi who was fired for al­legedly try­ing to bribe a ju­nior mag­is­trate to in­flu­ence her judg­ment won his ap­peal against Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion.

Mr Ny­athi’s re­in­state­ment fol­lowed a rul­ing by a Gweru Labour court judge, Justice Cus­tom Kachambwa, who or­dered JSC to ei­ther re­in­state or charge him again within 30 days. Chief Mag­is­trate Mr Mishrod Gu­va­mombe said Ny­athi was re-in­stated.

“Yes, he was re-in­stated but he im­me­di­ately re­signed. He came to work for a day only,” said Mr Gu­va­mombe

Mr Ny­athi was sus­pended in March last year af­ter a whis­tle-blower claimed that he sent a Lu­pane-based mag­is­trate, Ae­lene Mu­na­mati, $305 via EcoCash to in­flu­ence her judg­ment against Client Hwanda, who was fac­ing as­sault charges.

Hwanda was even­tu­ally con­victed and fined $300 by Mu­na­mati, the mag­is­trate that Mr Ny­athi al­legedly tried to bribe.

Mr Ny­athi was fired by the JSC af­ter a dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee chaired by the then Chief Regis­trar of Su­pe­rior Courts, Mu­nam­ato Mutevedzi con­cluded that he was guilty of mis­con­duct.

Af­ter the dis­missal, Mr Ny­athi ap­pealed against the rul­ing at the Labour Court and he won. — @Aux­il­iaK

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