President Emmerson Mnangagwa said that his government respected the decision on former Chief Justice Luke Malaba’s case made by the High Court on Saturday.
In a tweet on Tuesday night, Mnangagwa said the administration respects the independence of the country’s judiciary, hence, every citizen should respect court rulings. He wrote:
“In Zimbabwe, the independence of our judiciary is vital to the survival of our democracy. When our courts speak, all Zimbabweans should listen.
“The Government of Zimbabwe wholeheartedly respects the independence of our judiciary.”
This comes after Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi had threatened unspecified action on the three judges who ruled against the extension of the former Chief Justice’s term of office by five years.
A few hours after the ruling was delivered on Saturday, Ziyambi accused the three High Court judges – Justices Happias Zhou, Jester Helena Charehwa and Edith Mushore of being captured by foreign forces.
Meanwhile, Ziyambi and Attorney-General Prince Machaya on Monday appealed the High Court ruling at the Supreme Court.