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Cheda appointed to Namibian bench

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Former Bulawayo High Court Judge Justice Maphios Cheda has been appointed a permanent judge of the Windhoek High Court in Namibia.

Richard Muponde

According to Namibian media reports, Cheda was appointed to the bench with effect from August 1.

“Justice Maphios Cheda from Zimbabwe was appointed as a permanent judge of the Windhoek High Court with effect from August 1, 2013.”

Justice Cheda’s departure from the Bulawayo High Court bench leaves the High Court with a compliment of only three judges, namely Justices Lawrence Kamocha, Martin Makonese and Andrew Mutema.

Cheda joins fellow judge Justice Nicholas Ndou who resigned from the bench in Bulawayo on December 31 to join the Nambian bench.

Before his departure, Ndou was handling the treason case of Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF) activists’ Paul Siwela (49), Charles Thomas (44) and John Gazi (54).

Cheda (59) studied law at the University of Zimbabwe and served as a prosecutor and then as a magistrate before going into private practice in Bulawayo where he founded Cheda & Partners.

He was appointed to the High Court bench in Bulawayo in 2001.
His elder brother, Meshack Cheda, also served as a judge of the Supreme Court before he retired.

Last year, he was re-appointed to the Bulawayo High Court bench to clear the backlog of cases before he left again early this year.

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