Mathew Masinge, Court Reporter
Incoming High Court top Judge Maria Zimba-Dube yesterday pledged her allegiance to the local justice delivery system as the new Judge President.
Justice Zimba-Dube who joined the High Court bench in 2011, took her oath of office before Chief Justice Luke Malaba at a brief ceremony conducted at the Constitutional Court.
The event was held under strict observance to Covid-19 regulations.
The new Judge President has however been in acting capacity since June 29 and now replaces former Judge President George Chiweshe who moved up to the Supreme Court.
In her acceptance speech Justice Zimba-Dube expressed her gratitude for her appointment that was made by President Mnangagwa.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa for the confidence he has vested in me.
“The honour bestowed on me in my appointment as Judge President of the High Court of Zimbabwe is profoundly encouraging and motivating.
“It is an honour to serve my country, profession and calling in this new and exciting judicial capacity,” said the new Judge President.
She said she is willing to listen and learn from fellow judges.
“I promise to diligently execute my duties as Judge President of the High Court of Zimbabwe without fear or favour.
“I pledge to be a fair and exemplary leader who listens to divergent viewpoints. There can be no judicial synthesis without both the thesis and antithesis.
“I will be transparent, fair and committed to upholding the Constitution of the Republic of Zimbabwe.
“I will be guided by the vision and mission of the JSC strategic plan and I will assist in its implementation,” she said.
Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs permanent secretary Virginia Mabhiza welcomed the appointment saying it promote women excellency.
“I am personally happy with the latest appointment of Justice Zimba-Dube as the new Judge President.
“We are seeing a woman being elevated to a higher office in the judiciary and it is not only about her gender but also about her experience not only in the courts but in areas of administration.
“As the judiciary we look forward to an improved justice delivery system,” said Mabhiza.
Fellow High Court judges, Justices Esther Muremba, Slyvia Chirau-Mugomba, Happias Zhou, Pisirayi Kwenda, Webster Chinamora and Tawanda Chitapi as well as the ZACC chairperson Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo graced the ceremony.