Chigumba Reported To JSC Over Allegations Of Incompetence, Dishonesty, Misconduct

The Judicial Services Commission (JSC) has received a complaint regarding the conduct of Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba. The complaint which was filed by Kwekwe-based political activist, Nkosilathi Emmanuel Moyo, alleges that there is need to investigate whether Chigumba is suitable to continue holding public office due to alleged incompetence, dishonesty and misconduct. Part of the complaint reads,

…She has availed the Zec database to Zanu PF, contrary to provisions of the law. In doing so, she has not only breached the law, but has unnecessarily exposed her hand by showing favouritism to Zanu PF. The act of allowing Zanu PF to access the database has compromised the integrity of the voters’ roll and prejudiced the whole conduct of the harmonised elections

…Justice Chigumba has misinterpreted basic provisions of the law in a manner that suggests that she is grossly ignorant of the law. That calls into question her suitability to remain a judge. Her erroneous views on clear provisions of the law are so outrageous in their defiance of basic common cannons of interpretation and logic that the sustainable impression is given that she has not earned even a basic law degree…Her choice of words and decorum is not befitting that of a judge…

The JSC is yet to respond to the complaint which was received on Thursday.


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