Pohamba appoints new Judges/Acting Judges

President Hifikepunye Pohamba has made his last appointment of Judges and Acting Judges to preside over cases in the Supreme and High Courts before the end of his term as Head of State on 21 March this year.

The President has appointed experienced High Court Judge David Smuts as a Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court with effect from 01 January 2015.

The Namibian Head of State has also appointed Regional Court Magistrate Dinnah Usiku as a full-time Judge of the High Court with effect from 01 May 2015.

Mina Viljoen, the Special Assistant to Chief Justice Peter Shivute announced the official appointments of the Judges and Acting Judges in a media statement availed to Nampa here on Thursday.

The new judicial appointments were made by Pohamba on the recommendations of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

Retired Chief Justice, Johan Strydom, Justice Fred Chomba, Lady Justice Kate O’Regan and Justice Elton Hoff were all appointed as ad-hoc Judges to the benches of the Supreme Court.

Strydom, Chomba and Hoff were appointed with effect from 01 January 2015 to 31 December 2015, while O’Regan is appointed with effect from 01 February 2015 to 31 January 2016.

Usiku, with 21 years’ experience in judicial matters, previously acted as a Judge of the High Court from 16 January 2004 to 30 April 2004, and again from 01 June 2010 to 30 June 2010.

Prominent Windhoek-based defense lawyer Patrick Kauta has been appointed as an Acting Judge of the High Court with effect from 16 January 2015 to 15 April 2015.

Kauta is a director in the law firm Dr Weder, Kauta and Hoveka Incorporated, and he also acted as a Judge of the High Court during the periods from 01 August 2011 to 15 September 2011, and from 15 May 2012 to 31 July 2012.

Justice Thomas Masuku – a Swazi national who served as a Judge both in his country and in neighbouring Botswana – has been appointed as an Acting Judge of the High Court with effect from 01 January 2015 to 31 December 2015.

In addition, the President has approved Justice Gerhard Maritz’s early retirement as Judge of the Supreme Court with effect from 01 January 2015.

Again, Windhoek-based legal practitioner Elise Angula was re-appointed by the President as a member of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) with effect from 01 February 2015 for a period of three (3) years.

Angula is a partner in the law firm AngulaColeman.

She was nominated for appointment to the JSC by the Law Society of Namibia (LSN), said the media statement.

SOURCE: NAMPA