President Emmerson Mnangagwa has effectively extended Chief Justice Malaba’s term by another 5 years up to when he is 75 years of age. This had been speculated by analysts who believed the constitutional amendment was meant to extend Malaba’s tenure.
The chief secretary in the office of the president and cabinet Mr Misheck Sibanda wrote to Chief Malaba advising him of the development. According to MR Mnangagwa, Malaba is still fit to continue as the Chief Justice beyond the age of 70.
MR.JUSTICE L. MALABA His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, has considered your election to continue in the office of Chief Justice beyond the age of seventy years for an additional period of five (5) years.
He has further considered and accepted the medical report which you submitted as proof of your mental and physical fitness to continue in that office.
I am pleased to advise you that after consultation with the Judicial Service
Commission as required by law, His Excellency, the President has, in terms
of section 186 (1) of the Constitution, accepted your election to continue
in the office of Chief Justice beyond the age of seventy (70) for an
additional period of five (5) years from 16 May 2021.