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    JSC stops magistrates’ transfers amid heightened corruption


    MASVINGO – The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has failed to transfer 52 magistrates as it planned for January 1, 2018 raising public fear that corruption that is being reported at the lower courts will continue unabated.
    Chief Magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe announced in November last year that he was going to transfer the magistrates partly to address the issue of corruption that has permeated the bench. He said some of the magistrates were being transferred for their bad record and suspicion that they are involved in corruption.
    However, a survey by The Mirror three months down the line has shown that none of the announced transfers has taken place.
    Guvamombe confirmed that there were no transfers as yet but said he could not discuss the matter with the newspaper as he was out on business in South Africa.
    The delay in the transfers has heightened anxiety in some communities who want to see the back of their local magistrates as quickly as possible because of rampant corruption. Some people who complained to The Mirror said magistrates (stations given) were openly corrupt and the complaint mechanisms at the courts are complicated and expensive to pursue.
    "We would rather our magistrate be moved. We cannot complain against him because, we are always told legal jargon and advised to get a lawyer if you want to complain.
    "Complaining against a corrupt magistrate is not like complaining against a rotten piece of bread you have bought in a shop. With magistrates you have to pay money to get your complaint properly put together hence our best remedy is to have bad magistrates removed as quickly as possible," said one Gutu businessman.
    The Mirror is told that Victor Muhamadi 
    from Masvingo will be the resident magistrate for Gutu with effect from next month.top story
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