Mag­is­trates de­moted in na­tion­wide reshuf­fle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Patrick Chi­tumba

THE Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (JSC) has re­de­ployed 52 mag­is­trates across the coun­try in a move that has seen some mag­is­trates be­ing de­moted.

The lat­est re­de­ploy­ments that will be ef­fec­tive from Jan­uary 1 next year, have seen some mag­is­trates be­ing de­moted from be­ing res­i­dent mag­is­trates in charge of sta­tions to or­di­nary mag­is­trates.

In the Mid­lands prov­ince, Mr Tayengwa Sang­ster has been moved to Gweru as an or­di­nary mag­is­trate from Shu­rugwi where he was res­i­dent mag­is­trate.

Tak­ing up Mr Sang­ster’s po­si­tion is Ms Judith Taruvinga who was sta­tioned in Gweru.

Mrs Sitha­bile Zun­gula from Gokwe and Ms Eliz­a­beth Mago­more from Gweru are ex­chang­ing posts.

Ms Vim­bai Makora from Gweru has been de­ployed to Zvisha­vane and Ms Vim­bai Mtukwa from Kwekwe is mov­ing to Zaka as a res­i­dent mag­is­trate.

Mr Ti­nashe Tashaya is mov­ing from the Bu­l­awayo Mag­is­trates Court to Kwekwe Mag­is­trates Court.

Mr Sher­perd Mn­janja is mov­ing from Zvisha­vane to Gweru Mag­is­trates Court.

Chief mag­is­trate Mr Mishrod Gu­va­mombe con­firmed the re­de­ploy­ments of the mag­is­trates. He de­scribed the move­ments as a rou­tine ex­er­cise. “Yes mag­is­trates are on the move. They are be­ing trans­ferred across the coun­try. There are over 50 who have been trans­ferred for var­i­ous rea­sons but the main one is that we want to im­prove on op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency. Every year we trans­fer them so this is a rou­tine ex­er­cise and there is a cir­cu­lar to that ef­fect,” he said.

In Septem­ber last year, two Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trates who were re­de­ployed to new sta­tions re­signed al­legedly in protest at be­ing trans­ferred.

While the JSC in­sisted that mag­is­trates ten­dered their res­ig­na­tions due to other undis­closed rea­sons, sources said the two were leav­ing al­legedly in protest over the trans­fers.

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