Judgment for Chief Justice Malaba’s office term extension set for today
Judgment for Chief Justice Malaba’s office term extension set for today. High Court Judges Justice Jester Charewa, Justice Happias Zhou and Justice Edith Mushore are presiding over the case. The court adjourned for a couple of hours as Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi and the Judicial Service Commissionattempted to stop the judges, particularly Zhou, from handling the case.
Frederick Mutanda, a liberation war veteran, filed an urgent chamber application at Harare High Court seeking an order to stop Chief Justice Luke Malaba from continuing as the head of the Constitutional Court.
In the application filed by Honey & Blanckenberg Legal Practitioners, YLAZ and Mutanda argued that Chief Justice Malaba ought not to benefit from the term extension provisions as introduced by the amendment of the Constitution since he has served 15 years as a Judge of the Constitutional Court.
YLAZ and Mutanda want the High Court to declare that in failing to activate the provisions of section 180 of the Constitution diligently and without delay, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) violated section 324 of the Constitution.
They also want Chief Justice Malaba not to benefit from the term limit extension as introduced by an amendment of section 186 of the Constitution and for him to vacate office as the chief justice at midnight on May 15, 2021.
In the alternative, YLAZ and Mutanda want section 14 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No.2) Act, 2021, to be declared invalid for violating section 56(3) of the Constitution and be struck down.