MPs In Mugabe Praise For Malaba C/J Job
HARARE – Legislators from across the political divide Wednesday took time to welcome the appointment of top judge Luke Malaba as substantive Chief Justice by President Robert Mugabe.
MDC-T MP for Kuwadzana and advocate, Nelson Chamisa described Malaba’s elevation from deputy Chief Justice as a “momentous occasion”.
Chamisa said President Mugabe has shown respect for the country’s constitution after Zanu PF’s factional wars had spilled into the judiciary with camps fighting to influence the process of seeking the country’s next Chief Justice.
President Mugabe, it emerged, ignored the factions and appointed the judge who emerged tops following public interviews carried out last year by the Judicial Service Commission to find a successor to the now retired Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku.
“I want to congratulate the First Citizen of this country for respecting the first document and law - the Constitution of this country and making sure that we have an appointment of a man on the basis of merit,” Chamisa said during Wednesday’s sitting.
“It is a victory for our country in terms of constitutionalism, in terms of the rule of law, in terms of our processes as a country; respecting our constitution.
“You are aware that we had problems honourable Speaker Sir but in terms of Section 180, Subsection 2 of the Constitution, once a process has been ignited or set in motion by the Judicial Services Commission, it has to be respected and honoured in terms of our Constitution.
“So, we are happy that in the case of the appointment of honourable Chief Justice Malaba designate, as Parliament, because we defend the Constitution, the man is a man of merit and a man of integrity.”
Zanu PF MP for Zvimba West, Ziyambi Ziyambi, who also chairs parliament’s justice committee, also thanked Mugabe for upholding the dictates of the country’s supreme law.
“We are very happy that the President has upheld the due process and appointed the Chief Justice and, as the Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, we are very happy that the President has appointed a new Chief Justice.
“A man of integrity and a man whom we look forward to upholding the Constitution of Zimbabwe and ensure that there is justice delivery in Zimbabwe,” said Ziyambi.