Mnangagwa expels Justice Bere for misconduct

Mnangagwa expels Justice Bere for misconduct

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has removed Supreme Court Judge Justice Francis Bere from the bench over abuse of office.

This comes after a tribunal probing the suspended Supreme Court Judge established that the learned judge was unfit for office.

The three-member tribunal chaired by retired Simbi Mubako found Bere guilty of interference in a civil case involving the Zimbabwe National Road Administration and his relatives.

The tribunal which was investigating Bere’s suitability to hold office on Thursday recommended his removal for acts of gross misconduct before Mnangagwa endorsed the recommendation.

“Following the advice of the Judicial Service Commission that the question of removing honourable Justice Francis Bere ought to be investigated, the President, acting in terms of section 187(3) of the constitution, appointed, through proclamation number 1 of 2020, a tribunal to inquire into the question of removal from office of the said judge,” read a statement issued by Misheck Sibanda, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet

“His Excellency the President, accordingly, acting in terms of Section 187(81 of the Constitution, has removed the Honourable Judge from office with immediate effect.”

Mnangagwa had set up the tribunal inquiry after a lawyer accused Bere of interference.

Justice Bere who was facing three allegations of misconduct is said to have telephoned Zinara’s legal counsel, asking him to consider settling a civil dispute pitting Zinara against Fremus Enterprises.

Justice Bere was serving on the Constitutional Court and Supreme Court benches when he was suspended in March this year.

Mnangagwa expels Justice Bere for misconduct

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