ZACC intervenes in ‘corrupt court officials’ case

A woman who sired a son with controversial businessman Frank Buyanga has approached the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission ZACC for relief in their squabble over their four-year-old son.

Chantelle Muteswa wrote to ZACC chair, Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo to intervene and save her from her estranged lover, Buyanga who is alleged to be flaunting monies in the right place to influence the course of justice.

In her letter dated July 23, Muteswe makes an official complaint against magistrate Never Gwatidzo who according to her was favoring Buyanga in the court of law and buying court rulings in his favour.

“Gwatidzo, being a judicial officer, (and therefore a public officer in terms of Section 169) has no authority to overturn the decision of another magistrate of parallel jurisdiction, he purported to do so, contrary and inconsistent with his constitutional duties to act lawfully and fairly as he corruptly issued a ruling in favour of Buyanga Sadiqi in a custody matter between the said Sadiqi and myself,” reads her letter.

“On the 19th July 2019, Mr Gwatidzo, being in possession of a file case number CCA205A/18 in which the order of another magistrate of similar authority was contained proceeded to “overturn” the decision of that magistrate giving sole custody of the minor child to myself.

“On the basis of that order Mr Sadiqi has detained my four (4) year old son from me since 21st July 2019 and through his disfavor to me, put me through the otherwise unnecessary but expensive need to approach the High Court for the return of my son in case number HC6037/19.”

Muteswa has had to put up a fight against Buyanga who has the financial muscles to get people in his camp and get him desirable results. 

She has had to rely on the independent commission ZACC to fight against the rot that is the Magistrate’s Court and as a result of the steps she took, Gwatidzo was recused from dealing with herself.

The letter about Gwatidzo is not a first as she also had to complain against prosecutor Jonathan Murombedzi who had also taken the side of Buyanga, the Zim Morning post has learnt.