President Emmerson Mnangagwa has suspended High Court Judge Justice Erica Ndewere who recently granted bail to main opposition MDC Alliance Vice Chairman Job Sikhala.
The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) headed by Chief Justice Luke Malaba and Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs secretary Virginia Mabhiza complained against the conduct of Justice Ndewere accusing her of “misconduct and conduct inconsistent with being a judicial officer,”
The JSC referred the matter to Mnangagwa to appoint a tribunal to “inquire into the question of removal from office of Justice Ndewere.”
According to the Statutory Instrument (SI) 261B of 2020 seen by this publication, Mnangagwa Wednesday appointed a three member tribunal to investigate allegations levelled against Ndewere.
Retired Justice, Simbi Veke Mubako, has been appointed to the chairperson of the tribunal.
Yvonne Masvora and Charles Warara, are the members.
“Given under my hand the Public Seal of Zimbabwe at Harare this fourth day November, in the year of our Lord two thousand and twenty,” read the SI.
The decision by Ndewere to grant Sikhala bail has reportedly been unpopular with the ruling Zanu PF bigwigs.
Observers have since argued that the High Court Judge was being persecuted for allowing an opposition political prisoner bail against the interest of the Chief Justice Malaba.