Chief Magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe (pictured) has been arrested for criminal abuse of office.
Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) national spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi on Friday said the allegations against Guvamombe stem from a decision to offer work-related attachment to two former cabinet ministers Saviour Kasukuwere and Supa Mandiwanzira at the Harare Magistrates Court. The former ministers are facing criminal charges before the same courts.
Guvamombe is set to appear in court on Saturday. He spent Friday night at Rhodesville Police Station in the capital.
The chief magistrate was Friday suspended from work for three months pending an investigation into the alleged misconduct.
His decision was said to have put the name of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) and the magistracy into disrepute.
Guvamombe, who will be receiving half of his salary during his suspension, is not allowed to visit his workplace during the three months which end on April 11..
Allegations against Guvamombe arose on December 4 last year when he placed the two politicians on attachment at Harare Magistrates’ Courts. The attachment period, according to the offer, stretched from December 17, 2018 to February 15, 2019.
Guvamombe, the JSC alleged, was aware that the two were facing criminal charges at the same court. He was the one who presided over Mandiwanzira’s case of criminal abuse of office, according to the JSC.
To that end, the JSC resolved to suspend him to pave way for investigations into the matter.