Suspended chief magistrate Mishord Guvamombe will be tried by a magistrate, the court has ruled.
Guvamombe who is facing charges of criminal abuse of office wanted to be tried at the higher court which seems a little relaxed than the Magistrate’s court for fear of being tried by his subordinates who used to answer to him.
Hwange regional magistrate, Collet Ncube who had been tasked to hear the matter, dismissed the application to have all magistrates from Zimbabwe or the SADC at large recused from trying Guvamombe.
Ncube said the application lacked merit and improper. The trial is set to commence on April 17.
“Application for recusal must have merits and basis and also it must be considered if the ground advances on behalf of the application,” said Ncube.
“To grant this application is improper or flaw of the law,” said Ncube in passing his ruling.
The suspended chief magistrate is being accused of criminal abuse of office after he allegedly offered internship to former Zanu PF Ministers, Supa Mandiwanzira and Saviour Kasukuwere, who are both studying law at the University of Zimbabwe and are also being tried for different offences within the same courts. He also stands of interfering with his subordinates in handling their cases.