High Court trial for Guvamombe

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FORMER chief magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe has been indicted to stand trial at the High Court on October 14 on corruption charges.

He was in court last week with his lawyers Jonathan Samukange and Brighton Pabwe before Harare magistrate Vongai Muchuchuti-Guuriro.

The ex-magistrate is accused of criminal abuse of office after he allegedly offered attachment to former Cabinet ministers Supa Mandiwanzira and Saviour Kasukuwere, who were law students, at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts, where they were being tried on corruption-related charges.

Guvamombe had declined to be tried at the magistrates’ courts because he was chief magistrate. He argued that being tried by a magistrate would be akin to a chief accused of committing an offence being tried by a village head.

He approached the High Court and successfully challenged the decision by the Judicial Services Commission to have him tried by his subordinates.

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