CHIPINGE – Lawyers to the tribunal, hearing the case of Chipinge town secretary Susan Dube have agreed to extend her suspension to November 2021, Chipinge Times can reveal.
This is to give the lawyers time to prepare their closing submissions and for the tribunal to make its ruling. Dube is charged with abuse of office.
Town chairman Lovemore Mukwapati confirmed the development to Chipinge Times.
Dube’s suspension was supposed to expire this month hence the extension. The decision took into cognisance the disruptions caused by Covid19 lockdowns.
“Dube’s suspension has been extended for a month as lawyers are still working on their closing submissions. The law says that the suspension is for a maximum of six months but both parties agreed that we will not raise such issues. Both lawyers could not finish on time due to COVID-19 lockdowns,” said Mukwapati.
In June, Abraham Kudzanai Maguchu, a lawyer from Dube Manikai and Hwacha was appointed the presiding officer to preside over Dube’s hearing.
Tariro Tazvitya of Bere and Brothers is representing Chipinge Town Council while Dube is represented by Langton Mhungu of Mhungu and Associates.
Dube was suspended through a council resolution in April this year. She was last week acquitted of the same charges by local Magistrate Franklin Mkwananzi.