Chief Justice Luke Malaba’s shenanigans exposed. iHarare has learned from online publication, ZimLive, that the chief justice was once suspended and transferred out of Bulawayo for constantly obstructing the police. Malaba allegedly obstructed the police at the unlicenced residential bars known as shebeens in Bulawayo where he was a regular patron.
However, when Malaba was interviewed for the position of Chief Justice, he is reported to have failed to mention this indiscretion despite being required to do so. Chief Justice Luke Malaba’s fitness to hold office has been questioned after he was accused of hiding the fact that he was once suspended for obstructing the police while working as a magistrate.
Malaba, then a 32-year-old magistrate, was suspended in October 1984 by the provincial magistrate for Matabeleland, Phil Finch. It was announced at the time that Malaba and another magistrate had been “prohibited from duty… in terms of the Public Services Regulations”, and that the matter was “being dealt with administratively”, according to a report in The Chronicle newspaper unearthed by this website.
Sources who spoke to Zimlive told the publication. “The allegations against Malaba were initially raised by junior police officers who had been tasked with raiding shebeens in the suburbs of Bulawayo, especially Mpopoma,”
“The officers complained that they repeatedly clashed with Malaba, who was a permanent patron in shebeens. It was alleged that Malaba made it impossible for the police details to discharge their duties as he would threaten them with the fact that he was a magistrate. The officers felt that at any rate, it would be awkward arresting shebeen patrons who would ultimately appear before Malaba. They eventually decided to report the matter to the provincial magistrate.”
Malaba, who became Chief Justice in March 2017, is due to retire in 2022 when he reaches the age of 70 – the top cap for judges. According to Zimlive, Malaba did not meet the full disclosure requirement when he was interviewed for his current office. Part of the form reads,
4.1. Are there any circumstances, financial, social or otherwise, known to you which may cause you embarrassment in undertaking the office of a High Court Judge? 4.2 Is there any other relevant matter which you wish to bring to the attention of the commission that might impact on your appointment.
Source – iHarare
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