Justice Mutema dies

BULAWAYO High Court judge Justice Andrew Mutema collapsed and died at Mater Dei Hospital yesterday afternoon.

By Phyllis Mbanje

He was 66.

Judicial Services Commission deputy secretary Walter Chikwanha said Mutema had earlier complained of not feeling well and was rushed to hospital where he collapsed and died before admission.

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Mutema joined the judiciary services in 1986 as an assistant magistrate and was later appointed magistrate the following year.

He later rose through the ranks and was promoted to regional magistrate in 1997.

In 2004 he was appointed senior president of the Administrative Court.

“In 2007 he was upgraded to senior president of the Labor Court and when he died he had been promoted to senior judge at the Bulawayo High Court,” Chikwanha said.

In March, Mutema was appointed to represent Zimbabwe as a principal judge in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern.

Mutema is survived by four children.

Mourners are gathered at No 3 Dauding Road, Khumalo suburb in Bulawayo.

Funeral arrangements are yet to be announced.

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