Zimbabwe: New Judge President Sworn in

The new Judge President Maria Zimba-Dube has taken the oath of office and expressed her gratitude to President Mnangagwa for showing confidence in appointing her to the top High Court office.

Chief Justice Luke Malaba conducted the swearing-in ceremony at the Constitutional Court in Harare that was attended by a few invited guests under strict Covid-19 regulations.

Justice Zimba-Dube becomes the second woman to occupy the top High Court office after Justice Rita Makarau, who was first promoted to the Supreme Court and then, in May this year, was one of the first five judges appointed to the Constitutional Court.

She pledged to be a fair and exemplary leader.

A veteran lawyer and a judge of the High Court, Justice Zimba-Dube was appointed to the High Court bench in 2011 after serving as president of the Administrative Court since 2004.

On June 29, Justice Zimba-Dube was appointed Acting Judge President when the immediate past Judge President, Justice George Chiweshe was elated to the Supreme Court to fill one of the vacancies created when the Constitutional and Supreme Courts were split.

Six High Court judges, Justices Happias Zhou, Pisirayi Kwenda, Slyvia Chirawu-Mugomba, Webster Chinamora, Esther Muremba and Tawanda Chitapi as well as the ZACC chairperson Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo were among the invited guest which include the Judge President relatives.

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