Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi after his shocking weekend outburst he faces arrest on contempt of court charges following the landmark ruling by three High Court judges against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s move to extend Chief Justice Luke Malaba’s retirement age by five years.
The ruling did not go well with Ziyambi, who then threatened the judges, blaming them of being captured by hostile foreign governments. His remarks courted the ire of human rights lawyers who are requesting that the minister be arraigned before the court on contempt of court charges.
Ziyambi, who was a litigant in the matter, stated that the ruling was “a typical case of overreach and as government we cannot accept that”.
Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum executive director Musa Kika, who also challenged the extension of Malaba’s term, wrote to Judge President George Chiweshe, Registrar of the High Court and the three judges yesterday, who heard the matter requesting action against Ziyambi.
Through his lawyer Thabani Mpofu, Kika said Ziyambi should be sentnced for his utterances viewed as undermining the bench.