JSC re­de­ploys 52 mag­is­trates

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Midlands & North-West News - Pa­trick Chi­tumba

THE Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (JSC) has re­de­ployed 52 mag­is­trates across the coun­try in a move that has been seen as a de­mo­tion for some mag­is­trates.

Some were re­duced to or­di­nary mag­is­trates from res­i­dent mag­is­trates. The re­de­ploy­ments are with ef­fect from Jan­uary 1 next year.

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 Sith- abile 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 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. He de­scribed the move 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 re­signed in protest af­ter they were re­de­ployed to new sta­tions.

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

Mr Gu­va­mombe

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