Beatrice Mtetwa seeks to defend Chief Justice interviews

Human rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, has approached the Supreme Court seeking to be granted an opportunity to be part of the hearing of an appeal, which was lodged by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) against a High Court interdict stopping interviews to select a new Chief Justice.

Mtetwa last month filed an application seeking to be admitted “as a friend of the court”, saying it was the duty of each lawyer to protect the Constitution, observe and support the observance of the rule of law and human rights.

In her application she argued that the interviews by JSC were carried out  in line with the Constitution and should not have been suspended by the High Court. Justice Hungwe’s interdict order sought to stop the selection process on the basis of an Executive decision to amend the Constitution and change the way certain judicial officers, including the Chief Justice, are to be appointed. Mtetwa, however, said a court of law cannot find that part of the Constitution as unconstitutional neither can it suspend its effect.

More: NewsDay

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