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Why Justice Bere was removed from office

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has removed Supreme Court judge Justice Francis Bere from office with immediate effect.

Justice Bere has been under investigations by a Tribunal chaired by Justice Simbi Mubako where he was facing three allegations of misconduct.

The decision was made after retired judge Justice Simbi Mubako who is the chairperson of the tribunal submitted the tribunal report to the President Mnangagwa on Thursday.

The statement also noted that the President’s decision was after the tribunal recommended that Justice Bere be removed from office for acts of gross misconduct.

“The Tribunal has completed its investigations and has recommended that honorable Justice Francis Bere JA be removed from office for acts of gross misconduct,” read the statement.

“His excellency the President accordingly, acting in terms of Section 187(8) of the Constitution, has removed the Honorable Judge from office with immediate effect,” the statement read.

“Following the advice of the Judicial Service Commission that question of removing Honorable Justice Francis Bere JA ought to be investigated, the President interns of Section 187(3) of the Constitution, appointed through the proclamation Number 1 of 2020, Tribunal to inquire into the question of removal of office of the said judge,” said Sibanda in a statement.

Four months ago Mnangagwa appointed the tribunal after lawyer Itai Ndudzo of Mutamangira and Associates alleged that the judge had called him on his phone telling him to settle a civil dispute. Ndudzo who was representing the Zimbabwe Road Administration (Zinara) in a case against a company called Fremus Enterprises. Fremus Enterprises is allegedly owned by Justice Bere’s relatives.

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