Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Martin Makonese yesterday reserved judgment in a matter in which former Bulawayo deputy mayor Mr Gift Banda is challenging his dismissal by Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere following recommendations by an independent tribunal.
Banda was fired in February this year together with Ward 21 Councillor Reuben Matengu after they appeared before an independent tribunal for gross misconduct and mismanagement following their suspension in September 2016. Justice Makonese said he would need to look at the submissions by the independent tribunal so that the court can come up with a judgement. Said Justice Makonese:
I cannot just dismiss the decision by the tribunal by merely a stroke of a pen without looking at the submissions. You (Mr Ngwenya) need to first show the unreasonableness and gross irregularity of the decision of the tribunal so that the court applies its mind. The fairest way to deal with this matter is through looking at the submissions and come up with written reasons. Accordingly, judgment is reserved in the matter.