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Botswana's Khama sacks Zim magistrate

07 April 2014, 12:26

Cape Town – Botswana President Ian Khama has reportedly sacked a Zimbabwean national who was a magistrate at one of the country’s courts after he refused to be transferred to another court.

According to the Southern Eye, Austin Sibanda refused to be transferred from a Mahalapye court to Gaborone.

Quoting a statement released by Botswana acting registrar and master of the High Court, the report said Sibanda “was dismissed on 26 March for gross misconduct constituted by his refusal to obey a lawful order from the chief justice”.

Sibanda had served as magistrate in several courts across Botswana.

The magistrate gained prominence in 2010 when a Hukuntsi farmer sued him for unlawful detention, said the report.

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