8 judges vie for Supreme Court posts

Source: 8 judges vie for Supreme Court posts | The Herald August 19, 2016

Daniel Nemukuyu Senior Court Reporter
EIGHT High Court judges vying for four vacant Supreme Court posts will battle it out in public interviews to be conducted in Harare next month.

The judges — six men and two women — have been nominated to participate in the interviews scheduled for September 29.

Only four best performers will make it to the Supreme Court.

The eight candidates are: Justices Francis Bere, Priscilla Chigumba, Alfas Chitakunye, Charles Hungwe, Samuel Kudya, Joseph Mafusire, Lavender Makoni and Nicholas Mathonsi.

In a statement, the Judicial Service Commission said the nomination and interview process was being done in terms of the supreme law of the land.

“Following the invitation to members of the public and to His Excellency, the President, to nominate suitably qualified persons in terms of Section 180 (2) of the Constitution, the Judicial Service Commission received a number of nominations which meet the qualifications stipulated in the law,” reads the statement.

The interviews will be conducted at Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare from 9am and they will be open for the media and public.

A detailed programme of events for the day will be posted at the venue of the interviews. The High Court also has a shortage of judges and eight lawyers will soon be interviewed to fill in the vacant posts.

Public interviews, which started two years ago in Zimbabwe have been hailed as milestone in promoting constitutionalism and transparency in the appointment of people into public office.