College principal ‘exposes manhood to female subordinates’

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Mashudu Netsianda, Senior Court Reporter
ESIGODINI Agricultural College principal Mr Bernard Sibanda is under fire for allegedly sexually harassing his female subordinates by exposing his manhood and touching their private parts.

The college principal’s alleged actions saw him being fired by the Ministry of Lands Agriculture and Rural Resettlement on charges of misconduct following a disciplinary hearing.

However, Mr Sibanda (61) got a temporary relief after the Labour Court ordered the Ministry to conduct a fresh disciplinary hearing within a month and a half.

Mr Sibanda is alleged to have sexually harassed female agricultural extension workers and students by asking them to expose their busts for him to see and touching their private parts as well as hugging them.

He was also accused of exposing his manhood to the women by opening the zip of his trousers.

In papers before the court, Mr Sibanda is the appellant while the Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Retired Chief Air Marshal Perrance Shiri was cited as the respondent.

Bulawayo Labour Court judge Justice Mercy Moya-Matshanga set aside the dismissal following Mr Sibanda’s application challenging his sacking.

The judge ordered the Ministry of Lands Agriculture and Rural Resettlement to conduct a fresh disciplinary hearing within a month and a half as Mr Sibanda was denied legal representation.

She said the denial of legal representation infringes on a constitutional fundamental right and renders any hearing a nullity.

“The application for review succeeds and is hereby granted and the decision of the disciplinary hearing committee be and is hereby set aside. The employer is ordered to conduct a disciplinary hearing within a month and a half after the issuance of this order and to properly conduct the disciplinary proceedings,” ruled Justice Moya-Matshanga.

In his grounds of appeal, Mr Sibanda through his lawyers, Masiye-Moyo and Associates, argued that he was denied his right to legal representation after the respondent refused to postpone the disciplinary hearing when his lawyer, the late Mr Galen Moyo Masiye, was seriously ill and admitted in hospital after undergoing an operation.

“The applicant was accordingly denied the right to hear, counter and test the witnesses’ evidence. Applicant seeks the relief that the outcome of the disciplinary hearing be set aside and that he be reinstated or be paid damages in lieu thereof,” said Mr Sibanda’s lawyers.

According to court papers, Mr Sibanda, who was employed as a principal at Esigodini Agricultural College, allegedly sexually harassed female agricultural extension workers by asking to have sexual intercourse with them.

Mr Sibanda is also alleged to have further abused his office by demanding sexual favours from prospective students seeking to secure places to study at the institution.

He allegedly threatened the complainants that he would not recommend manpower development leave for those who would not have complied with his sexual advances. Following the allegations, Mr Sibanda was charged with misconduct.

He was later arraigned before a disciplinary hearing committee. However, at the time of the disciplinary hearing, Mr Moyo was ill and could not attend the hearing proceedings.

The Ministry of Lands Agriculture and Rural Resettlement continued with the hearing and called witnesses and later convicted and dismissed Mr Sibanda.
In 2014, Gwanda magistrate Ms Sheila Nazombe acquitted Mr Sibanda of charges of indecently assaulting a female extension officer based in Simbumbumbu area in Gwanda district. He was accused of fondling the complainant’s breasts. — @mashnets

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  • GWEREZA

    Men should now be careful of women as they nowadays can easily ruin one’s life.Women now need to be attended to in public to reduce incidents of one being accused of straying . Even the ugly ducklings who no men have uttered a compliment to , vent their frustrations on any men. The Sibanda fellow is being accused of opening his zip. Then these very imaginative , observant, exclusionary and eagle eye monster easily saw Sibanda’s little printy. Men be warned you are under attack from these frustrated women, ladies and love starved species.

    • Bird Eye Chilli

      Some, especially in pubs or nite clubs will even start gossiping about you saying you are gay just because you did not show them attention, hahahahahhhh!!! And as you just mentioned, it’s the ugly ducklings…!

      • Ndonda

        You see that’s the problem… Girls who may be aware that they are not as pretty or cute as others should instead make up for that by being very polite, sweet, smiling, humorous, smart and well dressed etc instead of being nasty, gossipy, envious etc. That way, men will fail to see the difference between them and the ones endowed with cuteness. There is really no ugly woman out there, it’s about the way they present themselves.

        • Ntombi

          True Ndoda… The reverse is also true.. A naturally pretty woman who turns out to be nasty, short tempered, and so on starts to look very unattractive.

  • musa

    laye u sibanda lo ulendaba zake. 2014 he was before the courts on similar charges. where there is smoke…

  • Magayiva

    Its juss some Shona crew wanting to fully replace the institution by shona people. This is a lie. We know Shona people and their antics. Church of Satan should be open in Zimbabwe to habour shona people. They all the same

    • Kuzaphela kuphela

      They are all the same. This shows end of thinking capacity. Do not spread hate of other human beings

      • Khalabemgeza

        Shonas are stray rats but not human beings and they will never be human beings . Now these stray rats have invaded Matebeleland and soon we will use ratex to deal with them .

        • Daddydee

          Shame on you, in this day and age u r still talking abt Shona and Ndebele? We are one pple papa whether u like it or nor you are Zimbabwe. Reform please

        • Kuzaphela kuphela

          I challenge you to go for a DNA test 85% you have shona blood. I challenge you my brother be real do not be a coward. Go for it

    • Masithandaneni

      How does shona come into this? You idiot. Go and hang. Obsessed with tribalism to the point that uyazibotshela because you dont want to relieve yourself in a Shona toilet. Shame on you.

  • magwegwe silindi

    This principal is 61 years old which means the wife is not someone he can talk to about love and sex-the granny is elusive-the husband goes to work high and dry he sees these juicy ones and he lays it bare. Please help him or sisters find a woman in a similar situation for him-he would really appreacite it.

  • Major Musango

    Isn’t it just a move to fix this old man …. let him go for his pension please!

  • Asa

    kkkkkkkk so we have such comedian principals around? I thought the one at Byo Poly is the only one of his kind kkkkkkkkkk ayas!

  • striker dube

    ha ha ha ha