Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Sacked magistrate opens private practice

Thabo Malambane who was two months ago sacked from office by President Ian Khama Seretse Khama for allegedly refusing to take orders from the then acting Chief Justice Lackvinder Walia has opened an office in Ghanzi.

This was confirmed by Law Society Botswana Executive Secretary Tebogo Moipolai. “ Yes we can confirm that he has registered to open a law firm with us recently”, he said. Malambane woes happened after he had released on bail Tshiamo Kgalalelo and Mmika Mpe a day after their arrest for a Ghanzi farmer Reinnette Vorster in her farm where they were working as labourers.

They are also alleged to have stolen the deceased is property including black berry and nokia cell phone as well as a Toyota hilux and money amounting to P11,000.

After he had released the two on bail, the other case of stock theft which the two were also facing was transferred to Southern Regional Magistrate Chris Gabanagae which angered Malambane who wanted to know why the case was transfered without his knowledge and consent.

He then boycotted his judicial work resulting in Walia ordering him to return to work which he declined to do resulting with his dismissal from work.

Besides Malambabe another Magistrate Austin Sibanda was early this year dismissed from work after he refused to be transferred to work in Gaborone. It is currently not clear whether or not Sibanda a Zimbabwean citizen has returned home or not.


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