makarau-rita.jpgHead of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces President Robert Mugabe has sworn Mrs. Rita Makarau as Supreme Court Judge, Mr. George Chiweshe as Judge President and three new judges of the High Court at a ceremony held at State House in Harare.

 

In terms of section 83 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces President Robert Mugabe after consultations with the Judicial Service Commission made five new appointments.

 

First to take the oath of loyalty at a ceremony held at State House was Mrs Rita Makarau who has been elevated to the position of judge of the Supreme Court.

 

Former Chairman of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Mr. George Mutandwa Chiweshe has been appointed Judge President.

 

The three new judges of the High Court are: Mr. Garainesu Mawadze, Mr. Nicholas Mathonsi and Mr. Andrew Mutema.

 

After the swearing in ceremony, Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Cde Patrick Chinamasa and Chief Secretary to the President Dr. Misheck Sibanda then joined Cde Mugabe in congratulating the newly appointed judges.

 

President Mugabe then took time to pose for photos with the new judges and their families.

 

Speaking to journalists soon after emerging from a briefing with the President, Cde Chinamasa said the three new judges of the High Court will initially be deployed to Bulawayo where there is a backlog of cases.

 

Cde Chinamasa said: “In Harare we do not have much work flowing from the High Court to the Supreme Court because there is a shortage of transcribing machines, but in Bulawayo we have a huge backlog of cases. My ministry is also committed to gender equality and as soon as we have experienced women lawyers we will ensure that they are also elevated.”

 

The newly appointed judge of the Supreme Court  Mrs Rita Makarau pledged to do her best to uphold the judicial ethics.

 

Also present at the swearing in ceremony was Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, Attorney General Mr. Johannes Tomana and senior members of the judiciary.