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Five judges appointed

True to his promises to ensure the judicial system delivers justice to the people of Zimbabwe, President and First Secretary Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed five new judges to the High Court bench.

This move is aimed at increasing transparency, enhancing good governance, solidifying the judicial organ and ensuring expedience in justice delivery.

The judges comprising four men and one woman are expected to take oath of office before Chief Justice Luke Malaba when the final term of the 2019 Legal Year opens next month.

18 candidates were nominated for public interviews for the eight vacancies of the High Court bench last month.

Veteran lawyer Advocate Webster Chinamora, prominent Bulawayo lawyer Christopher Dube-Banda, Labour Court judge Evengelista Kabasa, ZIMRA head legal department Siyabona Msithu and Sunsley Zisengwe will be sworn in on September 4, 2019.

The five were among the list of top performers, whose names were recommended for appointment by the JSC.

Judicial Service Commission (JSC) acting secretary Walter Chikwana yesterday confirmed the appointment of the five adding that Chief Justice Luke Malaba will preside over the swearing in ceremony.

The appointment of the five judges is expected to ease the workload that had reached breaking point, affecting the bench’s capacity to timeously dispense with cases requiring determination.

There has been immense pressure to the higher court operated due to increased workload while working under extremely difficult conditions.