This article looks into the background of three High Court Judges, justices Happias Zhou, Jester Helena Charewa, and Edith Kuda Mushore who ruled in favour of Chief Justice Luke Malaba’s ouster.
Their background could be one of the reasons why President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his allies were uncomfortable with the bench.
The panel ruled that Malaba’s tenure as Chief Justice ended when he turned 70 on 15 May and the judgment was a direct jab at President Mnangagwa’s bid to extend Malaba’s tenure.
Pindula News previously posted some background on Justice Happias Zhou. Read Possible Reasons Why Mnangagwa Blocked Zhou From Becoming ConCourt Judge for more.
Charewa and Mushore’s Curriculum vitaes that were seen by The NewsHawks indicate Justice Charewa:
- Was also a senior army official where she served for 10 years (1985 and 1995).
- Chief legal officer at the Zimbabwe Defence Forces where she was head of the Department of Research, Legal Drafting and Training (1990 and 1995).
- Joined the military as a captain in 1985, having served as a professional assistant at Higham, Lewis and Lock (now Henning Lock Donagher and Winter Legal Practitioners) in Mutare.
- Left the military, went into private practice as a partner at Mucharehwa and Partners during which she was also a lecturer in Civil Practice and Procedure at the University of Zimbabwe’s Faculty of Law.
- Joined the African Court on Human and People’s Rights in Arusha, Tanzania, as a senior legal officer in 2008 before becoming a special assistant to the president and later deputy registrar.
- Appointed a High Court judge in September 2015.
- Holds a Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), a Bachelor of Law degree from the UZ and a Master of Science in International Relations, also from the UZ.
- Undertook several courses with institutions such as the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute, African Court on Human and People’s Rights, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the International Organisation for Migration, among others.
- Was a long-time advocate based at the Advocates Chambers in Harare.
- Legal adviser (Africa) of the International Organisation of Consumer Unions at The Hague in the Netherlands (1993 to 1999).
- Parliamentary research assistant at the House of Commons (1987 and 1989).
- She had previously served as the corporate legal adviser for Old Mutual.