By MARCUS MUSHONGA
Justice. Judge hammer on the table

HARARE- THE historic ruling by the High Court of Zimbabwe’s against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s extension of Chief Justice Luke Malaba’s term has further drawn a wedge between the government and the legal fraternity.

The High Court ruled in favour of the Young Lawyers Association of Zimbabwe, which had opposed the appointment after Malaba’s term had been extended despite him attaining the age of 70.

This drew criticism from Ziyambi Ziyambi, the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) accused the minister of threatening judges that ruled against Mnangagwa.

“The criticism is in our view intemperate, less than measured and not befitting of an Honourable Minister of the Government of Zimbabwe,” ZLRH stated

“It also contained threats to judicial independence which are unacceptable in a democratic nation and are inconsistent with the doctrine of the separation of powers as enshrined in our Constitution.”

ZLHR expressed concern at allegations that it was using money to capture various state institutions and to destabilise the government.

“There is not an iota of truth in these reckless and defamatory allegations. The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs knows this only too well.”

Ziyambi this past weekend revealed the government would appeal the ruling by the High Court.

Malaba was appointed Chief Justice by then-President Robert Mugabe in
2017.

He is reportedly a member of the ruling Zimbabwe African National
Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF). – CAJ News