Chief Justice Malaba’s election to office is with effect from May 16.
The Chief Justice Malaba turns 70 on May 15 and was due to go on retirement in terms of the provisions of the original 2013 Constitution. However, under the recently passed Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 2) Act, which was signed into law by the President last Friday, Chief Justice Malaba’s will continue being in office for up to five years.
The new law allows judges to continue serving on the bench until they reach the age of 75 if they are deemed to be still in good health. In considering the Chief Justice’s stay in office, President Mnangagwa considered the top judge’s medical report, which proved that he was still mentally and physically fit to continue in the esteemed judicial office.
Judicial Service Commission secretary Mr Walter Chikwana confirmed the latest development yesterday.
“I can confirm that the Chief Justice’s term of office has been extended,” he said.
Chief Justice Malaba became head of the judiciary following his appointment as the country’s Chief Justice on March 27 2017, having been Acting Chief Justice since March 1 2016 following the retirement of the late Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku.