By Oriel Khumalo
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has extended Chief Justice Luke Malaba’s term of office by five more years .
Chief Justice Malaba was set to retire on the 15th of this month when he reaches 70 .
Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr. Misheck Sibanda said that President Mnangagwa further considered and accepted the medical report which Justice Malaba submitted as proof of his mental and physical fitness to continue in office.
“His Excellency, the President of Zimbabwe, has considered your election to continue in the office of the Chief Justice beyond the seventy years, for an additional five years . He has further considered and accepted the medical report which you submitted as proof of your mental and physical fitness to continue in that office ,” said Dr Sibanda in a letter dated May 11, 2021.
Malaba was appointed Chief Justice in 2017 following the retirement of the late Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku.
The extension of his tenure comes after Constitution Amendment Bill No2 was signed into law last week by the President .
One of the provisions in the law allows the President to extend the tenure of medically fit judges once they reach the retirement age.