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Biti's Application To Have Magistrate Removed From His Case Dismissed

Biti's Application To Have Magistrate Removed From His Case Dismissed

Former Finance Minister Tendai Biti’s second application for recusal of Harare Magistrate Vongai Guurira Muchuchuti in a case in which he is facing charges of manhandling Russian investor Ms Tatiana Aleshina outside Harare Magistrates Court has been dismissed again.

Biti late last year made such an application, but it was dismissed by the same magistrate, prompting him to appeal against her ruling at the High Court.

In her ruling, Muchuchuti said that if a court makes a decision that is against an accused person it does not mean it is biased and that justice does not mean the litigant gets what they want. Biti argued that the magistrate is biased.

High Court judge, Justice Tawanda Chitapi, ruled that there was no evidence that the magistrate and prosecutor Michael Reza were biased.

Chitapi added that higher courts were also “very reluctant” to intervene in matters that were pending before lower courts. Chitapi ruled:

If every decision by a presiding officer that one party disagreed with could go to a higher court on review or appeal while the matter was still in progress, then delays would be intolerable.

In rare cases where someone’s rights could be seriously infringed otherwise, a higher court could intervene, but this is very rare.

Meanwhile, the row between Biti and Russian Tatiana Aleshina continues on other fronts with the two currently suing each other at the High Court.

Aleshina sued Biti for defamation while the CCC vice president, in turn, sued her for causing his “wrongful arrest and detention”.

The trial is set to continue on May 27, 2022.

More: Pindula News; NewZimbabwe

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9 Comments

Ed 4 months ago

Zimbabwean courts are captured by zanu of. Zvima stooges


Asalif 4 months ago

He must be arrested. Airova mukadzi right now he is manhandling investors. Zimbabwe is a democratic country. We want fuel and business investors from Russia.


Original Asalif 4 months ago

siyana nezita rangu iwe bustard

🤨🤨 4 months ago

Ko ngavasunge chamisa ka tione nekti hanty ndiye boss wavo her


Twam 4 months ago

takutoona mabasa aChamisa asati apinda

Chimboti Pizza 4 months ago

AnaTatiana dzokerai kuRussia munorwa hondo uko, nyika ikushaya masoja makagara muno muZimbabwe😠


Da Truth 4 months ago

Ihu re repi rinoda kuti kanganisira Mp vedu go back to Russia iwe beach hatina basa nw
newe f u ck u up mroyi mwana we nyoka

Asalif 4 months ago

if we have serious investigations about this Tatiana woman you will find out that her stay in this country is illegal , she's involved in illegal dealings or she is wanted dead or alive in her country of origin because Russia has most violent cities in the world ratings there is a lot of Mafia in Russia I will Google her


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Fortune Muchuchuti 4 months ago

May the Pindula contributed who labelled my sister a 'prostitute' withdraw the statement. You do not know anything about her personal life. And Pindula should also act on this.



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