Five High Court judges go through selection interviews for two Supreme Court posts

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By Costa Nkomo

FIVE High Court judges Wednesday went through public interviews hoping to fill up two posts that have arisen at the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe.

The interviews were conducted by a seven member Judicial Service Commission (JSC) panel led by Chief Justice Luke Malaba.

JSC is seeking to increase human capital in the country’s apex court to match the growing number of cases while the decision to go by way of public interviews is aimed at promoting transparency in the selection criterion as dictated by the national constitution.

The judges who took up the interviews were Felistus Chatukuta, Samuel Kudya, Elphas Chitakunye, Charles Hungwe and Nicholas Mathonsi.

The Malaba led interviewing panel included Deputy Chief Justice Elizabeth Gwaunza and Judge President George Chiweshe.

National Assembly Speaker Jacob Mudenda appeared briefly at the venue but left after about an hour.

The interviewing panel sought to find out on whether the Supreme Court judge aspirants understood the nature of the work they will be exposed to at the highest court in the land.

Among some of the questions which were directed at the judges was their reaction in a scenario in which any of them, while constituting a Supreme Court bench, went on to pass a decision that goes on to invite public outrage and condemnation.

Of the five interviewees, Justice Mathonsi was appearing for the third time before the commission’s interviewing panel.

Justice Malaba later said they were going to sit as a JSC panel to evaluate how the aspirants performed after which the successful candidates will be announced.