Two new Supreme Court judges, who were recently appointed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, have been sworn in a development that is expected to lessen the human capital burden on the country’s Supreme Court bench.
The two judges, Justice Charles Hungwe and Justice Nicholas Mathonsi were sworn in by Chief Justice Luke Malaba at the Constitutional Court in Harare today, following public interviews held by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) two weeks ago.
The new appointees promised to continue upholding the statutes of the constitution and ensure they defend the interests of the nation without fear or favour.
“I wish to bring a different angle to dealing with constitutional matters, which I think is an important aspect in human rights issues,” said Justice Hungwe.
“The good thing about working at the Supreme Court is that you do not work alone and I hope to make a contribution towards upholding the constitution of the country and serve the people of Zimbabwe without fear or favour,” said Justice Mathonsi.
Chief Justice Malaba said the appointments of the new judges is important towards ensuring the nation receives timeous delivery of quality justice, adding that the government has acted swiftly in making the appointments which is evidence to their commitment to curtail unnecessary delays in the implementation of government policies.
“Because these appointments were made expeditiously, they have now assisted the JSC to efficiently and effectively implement programmes, one of the aspects is to ensure that we act on the backlog of cases as there had been an increase in the workload,” he said.
Five judges of the High Court; Justice Alfas Chitakunye, Justice Felistaus Chitakunye, Justice Samuel Kudya, Justice Charles Hungwe and Justice Nicholas Mathonsi had been shortlisted for public interviews, a prerequisite for the JSC’s compliance with the constitution to ensure there is increased transparency and good governance in the justice delivery system.