New Judicial Appointments Strengthen Courts

President Mnangagwa has appointed 10 new High Court judges and one new Administrative Court judge, following recommendations by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) after a series of public interviews last month.Additionally, Justice Garainesu Mawadze from the Masvingo High Court has been promoted to Deputy Judge President, working alongside Judge President Justice Mary Zimba-Dube.

These new judicial appointees will be sworn in by Chief Justice Luke Malaba on Monday at a ceremony in Harare’s Constitutional Court. The new High Court judges include Ms. Faith Mushure, Mr. Ngoni Nduna, Mr. Regis Demure, Ms. Philipa Phillips, Mr. Gibson Mandaza, Mr. Joel Mambara, Mr. Naison Chivayo, Mrs. Vivian Ndlovu, Mr. Sijabuliso Siziba, and Mr. Mpokiseng Dube. Mr. Maxwell Kaitano joins the Administrative Court.Mr. Walter Chikwana, the JSC Secretary, confirmed the appointments and preparations for the swearing-in ceremony.

“I can confirm the appointments of the new judges by the President on the recommendation of the JSC,” he said.These new judges fill positions left vacant due to deaths, resignations, or removals under constitutional provisions. The Administrative Court vacancy follows the retirement of Justice Herbert Mandeya.

The JSC’s mandate includes conducting public interviews for new judges, while promotions to higher courts are based on performance without requiring interviews. The President receives a list of recommended judges from the JSC, which he can approve or request a new list.

To qualify as a High Court Judge, candidates must be at least 40 years old and have 10 years of experience as a legal practitioner in Zimbabwe or another country with a similar common law system. Judges from courts with unlimited civil or criminal jurisdiction in such common law systems are also eligible.

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