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President Mnangagwa fires High Court judge Erica Ndewere

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  • In a statement, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Misheck Sibanda said the tribunal set up to investigate the conduct of Justice Ndewere found her guilty and recomended she be removed from office for gross incompetence.

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has fired embattled High Court judge, Justice Erica Ndewere for gross incompetence.

Tue developments come following recommendations by a tribunal set up to inquire into her suitability to hold a judicial office.

Justice Ndewere was accused of gross misconduct in the performance of her duties, including failure to clear her workload in reasonable time and failure to properly study the file on a thief’s conviction and sentence when she set aside a jail term.

She denied the charges accusing ChiefJustice Luke Malaba of pursuing her after she defied his unlawful orders.

A three-member tribunal led by retired judge Justice Simbi Mubako made recommendations for the judge’s removal from the esteemed bench after a fully contested tribunal hearing.

The Constitution provides that a judge may be removed from office for inability to perform the functions of his or her office, due to mental or physical incapacity, or gross incompetence, or gross misconduct.

Accordingly, the President in terms of section 187 (8) of the constitution, has removed Justice Ndewere from office with immediate effect.

In a statement, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Misheck Sibanda said the tribunal set up to investigate the conduct of Justice Ndewere found her guilty and recomended she be removed from office for gross incompetence. ■

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