Makarau appointment to Namibian bench cements relations

By Senior Reporter

Zimbabwe’s Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has said the secondment of Justice Rita Makarau to the Namibian bench is a testament of “cordial relations” between the two countries.

Makarau was appointed as Acting judge of the Supreme Court of Namibia with effect from April 1, the JSC confirmed on Friday.

“Hon. Justice Makarau’s secondment to the Namibian bench will run until 31 March 2024 and it speaks to the cordial relations existing between Zimbabwe and Namibia,” JSC said in a statement to the media.

The two countries have warm relations at political levels bilaterally and within the Sadc bloc; and have worked towards building a new justice frontier for nearly two decades.

In 2021, Zimbabwe and Namibia signed an extradition treaty.

The two sides have also set in place agreement for mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, which seek to provide a legal framework for the two nations to co-operate in the investigation and prosecution of criminals as well as combating crime.

Makarau was appointed a High Court judge in December 2000 before being elevated to be the Judge President of the High Court, six years later. She was appointed a Supreme Court judge in 2010.

 In 2021, Makarau was elevated to the Constitutional Court. 

She also served as Acting Secretary of the Judicial Service Commission and Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

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