President Robert Mugabe is expected to swear in the new Chief Justice of the Republic of Zimbabwe Justice Luke Malaba at State House today.
In terms of Section 180 of the constitution of Zimbabwe, the CJ is appointed by the President from a list of three nominees selected by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), following advertisements and the holding of public interviews.
This follows the retirement of Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku on the 28th of February this year.
Justice Malaba served as Deputy CJ under Justice Chidyausiku.
He has been the Acting CJ since March 1.
Justice Malaba’s appointment follows the public interviews that were conducted by the JSC in December 2016.
Justice Malaba, Justice Paddington Garwe and Justice Rita Makarau went through the interviews.
Justice Malaba scored 91 percent, Justice Makarau 90 percent while Justice Garwe got 52 percent.
The names of the three were forwarded by the JSC to the appointing authority President Mugabe in terms of the constitution.
President Mugabe subsequently appointed Justice Malaba as the substantive Chief Justice on the 27th of March.
Justice Malaba began his career in 1984 as a magistrate in Masvingo.
He rose through the ranks of the magistracy and attained the rank of regional magistrate in 1990 before he was appointed as a judge of the High Court in 1994.
Justice Malaba served as a judge of the Bulawayo High Court from 1994 to 2001 and was elevated to the Supreme Court in August 2001.
In 2008, he became the country’s first Deputy Chief Justice.
During the course of his career, Justice Malaba has also held an appointment as a judge of the COMESA Court of Justice.