Chief Jus­tice Chidyausiku to re­tire

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Fidelis Mun­y­oro Harare Bureau

THE Chief Jus­tice God­frey Chidyausiku’s ten­ure of of­fice ends in Fe­bru­ary next year and the Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion is now on a hunt for his re­place­ment.

The new Chief Jus­tice is ex­pected to take oc­cu­pa­tion of the of­fice on March 1 next year.

The JSC is now invit­ing in­ter­ested can­di­dates to ap­ply for the po­si­tion of the Chief Jus­tice to be ad­ver­tised in the me­dia start­ing to­mor­row (Sun­day).

“The Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion an­nounces that a va­cancy of Chief Jus­tice of the Repub­lic of Zim­babwe will arise by op­er­a­tion of law on 1 March 2016,” said JSC. It said in terms of Sec­tion 180(2) of the Con­sti­tu­tion of Zim­babwe, mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­vited to nom­i­nate suit­ably qual­i­fied per­sons to fill the po­si­tion.

Born on Fe­bru­ary 23, 1947 in Dom­boshava, Chief Jus­tice Chidyausiku at­tended Mu­take School at Makumbi Mis­sion, and then St Ig­natius Col­lege in Chishawasha.

He got a place at the then Uni­ver­sity of Rhode­sia from 1968 to 1972 where he read law. He went into pri­vate le­gal prac­tice. At the 1974 gen­eral elec­tion, Chief Jus­tice Chidyausiku won the Harare African Roll con­stituency, stand­ing with the un­of­fi­cial sup­port of the African Na­tional Coun­cil which had been set up by Zanu, Zapu and Frolizi.

He acted in op­po­si­tion to the gov­ern­ment of Ian Dou­glas Smith. Chief Jus­tice Chidyausiku stood down at the 1977 elec­tion.

In the 1980 elec­tion, Chief Jus­tice Chidyausiku was elected as 12th on Zanu-PF’s list for Mashona­land East when Zanu-PF won 14 seats.

He was Deputy Min­is­ter of then Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Hous­ing and of Jus­tice from 1980, and was pro­moted to be At­tor­ney-Gen­eral in 1982.

Chidyausiku was later pro­moted to be a judge and served as chair of the con­sti­tu­tional con­ven­tion charged with draft­ing a new con­sti­tu­tion for Zim­babwe in 2000. He en­sured that the con­sti­tu­tion ac­corded with the wishes of the Gov­ern­ment, in­clud­ing an ex­ec­u­tive Pres­i­dency; which was re­jected through a ref­er­en­dum.

Af­ter the res­ig­na­tion of for­mer Chief Jus­tice An­thony Gub­bay, Chief Jus­tice Chidyausiku was named as Zim­babwe’s new Chief Jus­tice in July 2001.

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