Guvamombe in fresh bid for freedom

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By Mary Taruvinga

SUSPENDED chief Magistrate, Mishrod Guvamombe has filed an urgent chamber application at the High Court seeking a review of a ruling by a lower court in which he was challenging his trial by subordinates.

It is the latest in a series of bids by the suspended Chief Magistrate seeking to wriggle his way out of a sticky situation that continues like a soap opera.

Guvamombe who is facing criminal abuse of office charges, and another one of defeating course of justice, had challenged prosecution at the magistrate court arguing that it was unethical to be tried by his juniors.

He further argued that no magistrate in the Southern African region retired or serving was qualified to hear his case.

But Hwange Magistrate, Collet Ncube last week ruled that his complains were too ambitious and lacked merit before he ordered that his trial should commence Wednesday.

“We are seeking a postponement of this case to another day because the urgent chamber application will be heard today in the afternoon at the High Court,” said his lawyer Jonathan Samkange.

Ncube rolled over the case to May 25 awaiting High Court’s determination on Guvamombe’s application.

It is the State’s case that, Guvamombe last year caused Harare Regional Magistrate, Elijah Makomo to recuse himself in case involving the suspended Chief Magistrate’s business partner’s son.

It is alleged that Guvamombe then tasked a Bulawayo magistrate to take over the case.

Following Makomo’s recusal, Guvamombe’s business partner’s son who was embroiled in a fight over a property with an Indian investor, Nathan Mnaba was acquitted.

Guvamombe is also accused of offering intership to former Cabinet Ministers, Savior Kasukuwere and Supa Mandiwanzira knowing the two have pending criminal cases.

The State alleges that the two were attached at Harare Civil court where they assigned to clerk duties.

It is alleged that Mandiwanzira and Kasukuwere were allowed access to documents which could impact on their pending criminal cases.