2018 was a busy year for the judiciary with some high profile cases, the highlight of which was the Constitutional Court that sat and delivered a ruling after the MDC Alliance had challenged their defeat at the polls.
The year also saw some political bigwigs being prosecuted for cases related to corruption.
After a peaceful election that was won by President Emmerson Mnangagwa who beat his nearest challenger Mr Nelson Chamisa of the MDC Alliance by over 400 000 votes, what followed was what could pass for one of the best drama series of 2018.
The MDC Alliance challenged the result in the courts of law and the judiciary obliged by setting up a full ConCourt bench.
The ConCourt hearing quickly turned out to be almost a television series that drew millions of viewers while others followed on radio and on the internet.
Before the ConCourt sitting, the nation had known about Advocate Thabani Mpofu who represented the MDC Alliance, Advocate Lewis Uriri who represented Zanu PF but not many knew about Mr Tawanda Kanengoni the ZEC lawyer who overnight became a celebrity with some nicknaming him the “silent assassin” after softly, smoothly and graciously ripping apart the challengers’ case.
By the end of the hearings, the word ‘fulcrum’ had become popular.
Phrases such as ‘pith of the matter’, ‘poisoned chalice’, ‘primary evidence’, ‘my lord and my lady’ became common in normal discussions while the term ‘v11’ has been added to the Zimbabwean dictionary to mean tangible evidence.
Away from the election ruling, former cabinet ministers Ignatius Chombo, Supa Mandiwanzira, Samuel Undenge and Saviour Kasukuwere frequented the courts facing various charges.
Mandiwanzira and Kasukuwere are still battling out for their freedom in the courts.
Tendai Biti also appeared before the courts for illegally announcing the presidential election results way before the official declaration by the Zimbabwe Election Commission, a matter yet to be finalised by the courts.
Another big highlight in the courts was the case of former University of Zimbabwe Vice-Chancellor Professor Levi Nyagura who faced criminal abuse of office after being charged with awarding former First Lady Grace Mugabe with a fake PhD in sociology studies.
Flamboyant businessman Wicknell Chivayo was also a prominent figure at the courts following a tender dispute with the Zimbabwe Power Company, a case he later won.
The ruling was heavily contested by the court of public opinion and even attracted the attention of President Mnangagwa who also expressed his opinion on the matter.
Another flamboyant socialite Genius Kadungure, popularly known as Ginimbi, was also brought before the courts facing charges of fraud.
Late in the year former Highfield West legislator Psychology Maziwisa and broadcaster Oscar Pambuka were slapped with jail terms over a $12 000 fraud case involving the Zimbabwe Power Company.
They, however, successfully applied for bail after appealing against the court outcome.