Zimbabwe Marks New Legal Year

Chidyausiku will lead proceedings at the official opening of the High Court session in Harare while High Court Judge  President George Chiweshe will preside over the ceremony in Bulawayo, where all high court Judges have been advised to attend.

In a memorandum addressed to all judges and the Master of the High Court, Justice Chiweshe ordered all judges to be present at the ceremony.

“The honourable Chief Justice will preside over the Harare ceremony whilst the honourable Judge President will preside over the Bulawayo ceremony,” reads part of Justice Chiweshe’s memo which was seen by Radio VOP.

During the 2012 legal year, the high court will preside over the trial of Madzore and other Glenview residents who were arrested last year and charged with murdering police officer Inspector Petros Mutedza and that of diamond mining executive Lovemore Kurotwi who is accused of committing fraud.

Former high court judge Justice Rita Makarau has in recent years protested against poor remuneration for judges and a mounting backlog of untried cases because of a staff exodus.

Last year, the high court presided over the trial of Energy and Power Development Minister Elton Mangoma who was accused of abuse of public office. However, Mangoma was acquitted by Justice Chinembiri Bhunu.