Elizabeth Gwaunza is a Zimbabwean judge and a justice of the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe. She was appointed Deputy Chief Justice in March 2018.

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Elizabeth Gwaunza
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Background

Gwaunza was born in 1953.[1]

Career

Gwaunza was admitted as a legal practitioner of the High Court of Zimbabwe in 1987. Gwaunza co-founded and was the national coordinator of the Women and Law in Southern Africa Research Project between 1989 and 1995. She was the first director, Legal Affairs in the Ministry of Community Development and Women’s Affairs and also worked as a director of Legal Aid in the Ministry of Justice. Gwaunza served on the boards of many women’s non-governmental organizations, including Musasa Project and the Women’s Leadership and Governance Institute. She chaired the Wills and Inheritance Project — a joint venture of DFID and the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs. She was founding member and past president of the Zimbabwe Association of Women Judges and member of the International Association of Women Judges.[1]

Justice Elizabeth Gwaunza was appointed as a Judge of the High Court in August 1998. She was later elevated to the Supreme Court in November 2002. Gwaunza became the second woman to sit on the Supreme Court after Justice Vernanda Ziyambi.[2]

She Served as an Acting Judge of Appeal in the Supreme Court in May.

Appointment as Deputy Chief Justice

In March 2018, Gwaunza was appointed as the Deputy Chief Justice of the Constitutional and Supreme Court of Zimbabwe. She succeeded Justice Luke Malaba who took the post of Chief Justice. Elizabeth Gwaunza Appointed Deputy Chief Justice

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Race for ZEC top job , , Published: 5 January 2018, Retrieved: 8 January 2018
  2. Supreme Court, Judicial Service Commission Website, Retrieved: December 12 2016