Chief Magistrate arrested for employing fired Zanu PF ministers

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By Mary Taruvinga

CHIEF Magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe was Friday afternoon arrested on allegations of offering attachment jobs to former Zanu PF ministers, Saviour Kasukuwere and Supa Mandiwanzira.

He faces criminal abuse of office charges.

The country’s top most magistrate was later detained at Rhodesville police station pending his court appearance Saturday morning.

His case is being handled by detectives from the Harare CID Law and Order division.

Earlier during the day, an official from the lawyers representing Guvamombe, Venturas and Samkange Legal Practitioners confirmed Guvamombe’s arrest.

“Yes he has been arrested and is currently being managed by the police. We can give fuller details later but he has been arrested in connection with attachment jobs he allegedly gave to Supa and Kasukuwere.

“We will be in a position to know when he is appearing in court but it’s likely that he will appear tomorrow (Saturday),” said the official.

       In the eye of the storm…C/M Mishrod Guvamombe (Image taken from The Herald)

Kasukuwere and Mandiwanzira are both law students at the University of Zimbabwe.

They were both attached at the Civil Court late last year and were assigned to almost all duties including interpreting and prosecuting among other duties.

There are fears their attachments granted them privilege to state information which they could use to their benefit in a case in which they are currently being tried in the courts on seperate criminal abuse of office charges.

While the criminal charges could be a factor, what remains prominent is the intense rivalry between Kasukuwere and President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Both were once bitter rivals during the height of Zanu PF’s factional wars in 2017.

Guvamombe is been represented by Jonathan Samkange.