STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka
FORMER acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda has been elected judge for the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) court of justice.
Mrs Justice Chibesakunda replaces Nzamba Kitonga of Kenya and becomes the first female judge president for the regional court.
COMESA public relations officer Mwangi Gakunga confirmed this in an interview yesterday.
Mr Gakunga said Mrs Justice Chibesakunda was elected last week in Sudan during the meeting of COMESA ministers of Justice and Attorneys General.
Mr Gakunga said 10 member states presented candidates for the position of Judge president of the COMESA court.
“Justice Chibesakunda polled nine votes leading her closest competitor from Egypt. She becomes the first female judge president for the COMESA court of justice, which is hosted in Khartoum, Sudan,” he said
She will be sworn in during the next COMESA summit slated for this month-end.
Mrs Justice Chibesakunda has previously served as chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Zambia, Solicitor General, Deputy Minister of Legal Affairs.
She also served as Zambia’s ambassador to Japan and the United Kingdom, the Holy Sea and the Netherlands.
Mrs Justice Chibesakunda participated in the Lancaster talks ushering in the independence of Zimbabwe and campaigned for the end of apartheid rule in South Africa.