Mashudu Netsianda, Senior Court Reporter
The Judicial Services Commission (JSC) will conduct a written pre-interview assessment test today for the 43 candidates who have been nominated for the eight High Court positions.
In an interview yesterday, JSC Deputy Secretary Mr. Sithembinkosi Msipa said that the pre-interview assessment is meant to streamline the numbers and that those selected will then participate in the second stage of the scheduled public oral interviews of the July 8 to 9.
âFollowing the invitation to members of the public and His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, to nominate qualified persons for appointment as High Court judges under the constitution, JSC received 43 valid nominations. The nominees will undergo the first step tomorrow, which is a written pre-interview assessment so that we can streamline the number of those who will participate in the main interviews on July 8 and 9, âhe said.
Mr Msipa said applicants will be quarantined for transparency.
Candidates from Bulawayo who were shortlisted for pre-interview assessment include labor court judges, judges Evangelista Kabasa and Mercy Moya-Matshanga, chief prosecutor Ms.Rosa Tariro Takuva and former magistrate, Mr. Kenneth Lubimbi, who now runs Kenneth Lubimbi and Partners.
The others are lawyers Mr. Christopher Dube, senior partner at Dube-Banda Nzarayapenga Legal Practioners, Mr. Simba Mawere, Mr. Bongani Ndlovu and Mr. Edmund Edios Marondedze.
The interviews, which will take place at a hotel in Harare, will be open to the media and the public. Interviews are an important part of the judicial appointment process under Article 180 (4) of the Constitution, which provides guidelines for the appointment of superior court judges.
They come after the first steps in the process already taken by the JSC – posting vacancies and inviting the chair and members of the public to nominate qualified candidates, and the preliminary review of nomination papers.
After the interviews, the JSC will decide on a list of âpersons qualified as candidates forâ the eight positions, and send the list to the president.
After receiving the list of candidates from the JSC, the President shall then, unless he is of the opinion that no person on the list is suitable for appointment to the High Court, make the eight appointments from from this list.
If the President considers that none of the persons on the list are suitable for appointment, he must ask the JSC to submit a new list of qualified persons and must proceed with the appointment from this second list. – @mashnets