The Zimbabwe Human Rights Forum has filed an urgent application with the High Court to have embattled Chief Justice Luke Malaba jailed for contempt of court.

The charges follows reports that he reported for duty despite the High Court ruling that he is no longer the Chief Justice.

The Forum said former Chief Justice Luke Malaba’s purported resumption of duty, pending an appeal, he did not file in a case he did not oppose, is seen to be in contempt of court and a jailable criminal offense at law.

Malaba had his tenure extension barred by the High Court, on account of having reached retirement age of 70 on 15 May 2021.

However, Malaba reported for duty today saying he is still the country’s Chief Justice after a Supreme Court Appeal. However, the Forum has just filed against him.

Meanwhile, recently commenting on the appeal, MDC-T leader, Douglas Mwonzora said the effect of an appeal is that it freezes any ruling made by the lower court pending hearing.