My Government respects the judiciary – President Mnangagwa

by | May 18, 2021 | Crime & Courts, Local News, Politics | 0 comments

Nevanji Munyaradzi Chiondegwa

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reassured Zimbabweans that his administration respects the independence of the judiciary and values its critical role in the country`s democracy.

This comes after the High Court ruled that the extension of Chief Justice Luke Malaba`s tenure was not consistent with the constitution, a decision which the Judicial Services Commission and the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary affairs have since appealed against.

Writing on his official Twitter account, President Mnangagwa allayed fears that the judiciary may be pressured in its review of the topical case.
“In Zimbabwe, the independence of our judiciary is vital to the survival of our democracy. When our courts speak, all Zimbabweans should listen.
The Government of Zimbabwe wholeheartedly respects the independence of our judiciary,” President Mnangagwa wrote.

His tweet comes hours after the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs released a statement making the same pronouncements.

As the courts reflect on the submissions by litigants and make a pronouncement, Deputy Chief Justice Elizabeth Gwaunza is the Acting Chief Justice as per the Constitution.