Chief Magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe spent the night in custody after he was arrested yesterday. He had offered work-related attachment to former Cabinet ministers Saviour Kasukuwere and Supa Mandiwandira at the Harare magistrates’ court where they are appearing for alleged corruption.

The attachment period, according to the offer, stretched from December 17, 2018 to February 15, 2019. Guvamombe is expected to appear in court today.

Kasukuwere and Mandiwanzira are law students at the University of Zimbabwe, but have pending criminal charges before the same court, raising fears that their daily presence at the court’s registry department could jeopardise their trial.

Guvamombe was yesterday suspended from work for three months pending an investigation into the alleged misconduct.

His decision was said to have put the name of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) and the magistracy into disrepute.