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Chief Justice Luke Malaba

Justice Luke Malaba is set to be the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in Zimbabwe.  But who is he?  What do we know about him?

Malaba got his law degrees in 1974 from the University of Warwick and in 1982 from the University of Zimbabwe. He spent 3 years as a public prosecutor in Bulawayo[1981 -1984 ], before beginning his career as a magistrate in 1984 at Masvingo. Malaba rose steadily through the ranks of the magistracy and attained the rank of regional magistrate in 1990. He was appointed as a judge of the High Court in 1994. He served as a Judge of the Bulawayo High court from 1994 to 2001. He was elevated to the Supreme Court in August 2001 and became the country’s first Deputy Chief Justice in 2008.

Based on initial reactions, the legal fraternity, ruling party and the opposition parties have all agreed that he is a qualified individual whose political preferences are not known to cloud his judgement in rendering judgements on cases.

Only time will tell about what sort of Chief Justice he will be.  We wish him all the success in bringing together a divided nation under the rule of law.

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