Former Judge Justice November Tafuma Mtshiya (Rtd) has passed on.
The Judge died at the age of 77.
The Judicial Services Commission (JSC) issued a statement to that effect.
“The Chief Justice of Zimbabwe and the chairperson of the Judicial Service Commission, Justice Luke Malaba, the Judicial Service Commissioners; the honourable judges, and the secretary of the Judicial Service Commission would like to express deepest condolences to the Mtshiya family on the passing on of Retired Judge honourable Justice November Tafuma Mtshiya on August 28, 2023.”
He was born on 11 November 1946 in Shurugwi, Midlands province.
He studied law at the University of Zambia and joined private practice after graduating before moving into the corporate sector where he held several positions.
Rtd Justice Mtshiya joined the Government in 2001 and rose through the ranks until he was appointed High Court Judge in 2007.
During that period, he held directorship positions at the Zimbabwe Development Bank, Zimnat and United Sugar Refineries. Justice Mtshiya joined the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs as the President of the Administrative Court in 2001.
In 2003, he was appointed Senior President of the Labour Court before being elevated to the High Court as a Judge in 2007.
Rtd Justice Mtshiya retired from active service in 2016 after serving nine years on the High Court Bench.
“The following year Justice Mtshiya was to be appointed Acting Judge of the High Court of Zimbabwe to preside over matters in the Special Court for Income Tax Appeals and Fiscal Appeals. Prior to his appointment to the High Court, Hon Mtshiya was an acting Judge of Appeal at the Lesotho Appeal Court,” reads the statement.
He is survived by a wife and three children.
Mourners are gathered at number 45 Sloane Street, Highlands, Harare. Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.