All Eyes On Beleaguered Justice Erica Ndewere As She Is Set To Give Bail Ruling On Terrence Manjengwa
30 October 2020

Paul Nyathi

Justice Erica Ndewere

Troubled High Court judge, Justice Erica Ndewere will on Friday finally hand down judgment on a bail appeal filed by Kossam Ncube of ZLHR on behalf of Terrence Manjengwa, who has spent two months in both police and prison custody.

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has recommended a tribunal to investigate whether or not Justice Ndewere is fit to hold office after allegedly discovering that she was not clearing her workload in reasonable time and that she had not properly studied the file on a thief’s conviction and sentence when she set aside a jail term.

Justice Ndewere is battling to stop President Mnangagwa from constituting the tribunal the JSC desires.

Through Sawyer & Mkushi Legal Practitioners, Justice Ndewere seeks an order stopping the set up of the tribunal on the basis that if the tribunal is set up she will be automatically suspended, causing her irreparable damage, as well as he belief that “the setting up a tribunal is wrong factually, procedurally and on points of law”.

Justice Ndewere believes she is being victimised.

Manjengwa was arrested by ZRP members outside Harare Magistrates Court and charged with unnecessary movement and possession of dangerous weapons while following proceedings during Zengeza West constituency legislator Hon. Job Sikhala’s court session.

Manjengwa staged a protest together with other MDC Alliance activists at the Harare Regional Magistrates Court demanding the release of Sikhala, who had been arrested and charged with inciting violence in connection with 31st July demonstrations against corruption.

He is currently detained at Harare Remand Prison after being charged with criminal nuisance.

He was denied bail by the magistrates court and is waiting for bail ruling at the High Court.