High Court judge Justice Phiri dies

By ZBC Reporter
HIGH Court judge Justice Clement Phiri has died from Covid 19 complications.

He was 61.

In a statement, Judicial Service Commission has paid its condolences saying Justice Phiri died in Marondera on the 31st of January.

“Honourable Justice Phiri was born on the 24th of June in 1960. He studied law at the University of Zimbabwe. After completing his legal studies, he briefly worked in the then Ministry of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development, before going into private practice as a legal practitioner in 1986.

“In 2004 he became an Advocate, a position he held until he was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Zimbabwe on 16 September 2015. He was among the group of forty-six candidates who participated in the first-ever public interviews for Judges in Zimbabwe under the 2013 Constitution.

“An astute but unassuming Judge, he will be fondly remembered for his immense contribution to the development of the Zimbabwean jurisprudence in the thirty-four years he was part of the justice delivery system. The Zimbabwean Judiciary is poorer without him,” reads part of the statement.

A veteran lawyer, Justice Phiri was appointed to the High Court bench in September 2015 along with four other judges Justice Jester Helena Charewa, Justice Tawanda Chitapi, Justice Davison Moses Foroma, Justice Nyaradzo Priscilla Munangati-Manongwa and Justice Edith Kuda Mushore. They were the first judges in the history of the judiciary to be appointed to the bench after going through public interviews.

Before his appointment as a judge, Justice Phiri worked as a senior lawyer in private practice.

Mourners are gathered at Number 36 Roosevelt Crescent, Winston Park in Marondera. Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.

He survived by his wife Mpho and four children, Mario, Palesa, Felistas and Dimpho.