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Final Verdict: Chief Justice to be Sworn in After Selection Drama

Harare – From Thursday, Zimbabwe will welcome a new judicial broom.  Chief Justice designate, Justice Luke Malaba will be sworn in at Stat...

Harare – From Thursday, Zimbabwe will welcome a new judicial broom. 

Chief Justice designate, Justice Luke Malaba will be sworn in at State House to conclude a dragging chapter that had rendered the post vacant due to a court application by law student – Romeo Zibani who contested the selection criterion, citing personal and constitutional interests.

By @Comic24Derick

Zibani engaged respected lawyer, Jonathan Samkange to halt interviews steered by the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) to determine the successor to outgoing Chief Justice, Godfrey Chidyausiku who has since retired.

University of Zimbabwe law student, Zibanai’s triumph was brief – JSC contested the ruling in the Supreme Court and won.      
Justice Luke Malaba 
“I launched this application just out of interest. I have an interest in constitutional jurisdiction. I love it and I can tell you now that there are some provisions in the constitution that I think must not be there, for example the provision which allows judges of the Supreme Court to sit as judges of the Constitutional Court,” reasoned the Professor Lovermore Madhuku apprentice to the media.

Justice Malaba, an esteemed judicial officer was nominated by President Robert Mugabe for his outstanding output within the legal field, rising from a lawyer, magistrate, High Court, Supreme Court and finally to the Constitutional Court.

After 35 years of loyal service, Justice Malaba was appointed Chief Justice designate on March 27 by the President under section 180 of the Constitution out of a list of three nominees selected by JSC following advertisements and public interviews.

During the interviews in December 2016, Justice Malaba scored 92 percent – Justice Rita Makarau managed 90 percent, while Justice Paddington Garwe was third with 52 percent. Between 2013 and 2016, Justice Malaba handed down 50 judgments – 15 of them reportable.

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa who oversees the ministry of Justice, praised the imminent Chief Justice.

“He is a seasoned, sober, hardworking and patriotic judge. His appointment will bring change to the Chief Justice office. There were delays, but he will be sworn in on the 6th of April at State House,” revealed Mnangagwa. – Additional Reporting from Online Sources

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