14 January 2019
The Chief Magistrate of Zimbabwe was over the weekend dragged to court facing charges of criminal abuse of office.
Mishrod Guvamombe was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi.
The State represented by Zivanai Macharaga and Michael Reza told the court that it’s their case that Guvamombe fraudulently gave former minister Saviour Kasukuwere and Supa Mandiwanzira places to do their internship.
The former ministers are studying law at the University of Zimbabwe.
The State had opposed bail on the basis that he holds an influential position and is likely to use it to influence witnesses.
Prosecuting Micheal Reza even claimed that one of its star witnesses Harare regional magistrate Elisha Singano had given a ‘different’ statement because of influence from Guvamombe.
However, the presiding magistrate in giving his ruling said whether or not Guvamombe had attempted to conceal evidence was immaterial at that point.
“Guvamombe has since been suspended hence does not have the powers he used to have as chief magistrate and cannot use such powers to intimidate witnesses.
“Since the investigating officer indicated that he has already recorded statements from the witnesses, he has already secured information required in the State case and also the documents with evidence concerning work related learning has already been confiscated by the State and are out of his reach,” said Magistrate Mutevedzi.
Guvamombe was released on $3000 bail coupled with other stringent conditions.
He was ordered to surrender his passport, surety of not less than $30 000, ordered not drive 50 kilometers out of Harare without the authority of the investigating authorityand not to interfere with state witnesses.
Guvamombe was represented by top lawyer Jonathan Samkange.
The matter was remanded to January 25.