Seven Bu­l­awayo lawyers short-listed for High Court

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Mashudu Net­sianda Se­nior Court Re­porter

SEVEN lawyers from Bu­l­awayo are among 51 can­di­dates short-listed for pub­lic in­ter­views by the Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (JSC) to fill eight va­can­cies on the High Court bench.

Mr Thomp­son James Mab­hikwa of TJ Mab­hikwa and Part­ners, Mr Austin Sibanda of Joel, Pin­cus, Kon­son & Wol­huter, former mag­is­trate Mr Simba Mawere, Ms Sethulo Ncube, a co­or­di­na­tor at the South­ern Re­gion Of­fice of the Zim­babwe Women Lawyers As­so­ci­a­tion (ZWLA), Le­gal Re­sources Foun­da­tion’s Bu­l­awayo direc­tor, Mr Vic­tor Ruombwa, Mr Bon­gani Ndlovu and Ms Abi­gail Ma­sawi, all from Bu­l­awayo, will be in­ter­viewed in Harare from Oc­to­ber 24 to Oc­to­ber 28.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, the JSC said the nom­i­na­tion and in­ter­view process was be­ing done in terms of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

“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 open to mem­bers of the pub­lic and the me­dia.

Some of the can­di­dates will be tak­ing part in the in­ter­views for the sec­ond time af­ter hav­ing failed to make it in pre­vi­ous in­ter­views.

In terms of the Con­sti­tu­tion, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe and mem­bers of the pub­lic pro­pose can­di­dates, who will then be in­ter­viewed by the JSC.

The com­mis­sion will then for­ward a list of suc­cess­ful can­di­dates to the Pres­i­dent to choose from. Only eight best per­form­ers will make it to the High Court bench.

Most of the ques­tions mainly deal with the can­di­dates’ records as lawyers, mag­is­trates, law of­fi­cers, their ex­pe­ri­ence and is­sues re­lated to their in­tegrity.

In terms of Sec­tion 180 of the Con­sti­tu­tion, the JSC will con­duct these in­ter­views in pub­lic. All mem­bers of the pub­lic have the right to at­tend and ob­serve the pro­ceed­ings.

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

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