Justice Mutambanengwe is a London-trained Barrister who was admitted as Advocate there in 1963. He briefly practised at bar in London from 1963 to 1964.
He was later admitted as Advocate to the then Rhodesian Bar in 1964 then practised as an Advocate and later after Fusion as Legal Practitioner in Zimbabwe from 1979 to 1986.
In 1986, he was appointed a High Court Judge in Zimbabwe and later, in 1994, was appointed High Court Judge in Namibia (on secondment by the Zimbabwean Government). He was appointed as Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) on the 31March 2010.
Mrs Joyce Laetitia Kazembe (Deputy Chairperson)
Mrs Joyce Laetitia Kazembe, a staunch and active Catholic, is the Deputy Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, a position she held in the last Commission. She has 8 years experience in electoral management bodies in Zimbabwe, having served in the Electoral Supervisory Commission of Zimbabwe from 2001 until its dissolution in 2005.
Mrs Kazembe attained a University of Zimbabwe Bachelor of Administration (Honours) degree with the 2nd best student award in 1983. Between January 1984 and mid 1990, she worked at the University of Zimbabwe as fulltime Research Fellow in the Centre for Applied Social Sciences (1984-1987), part-time Tutorial Assistant (1984 â€“ 1987) and fulltime Teaching Assistant (1988 â€“ mid-1990) in the Department of Political and Administrative Studies. In June 1990, Mrs Kazembe joined the SAPES Trust where she served for 18 years in senior managerial capacities and as Trustee and was one of the key players in the development of arguably one of the then best non-governmental regional academic institutions engaged in SADC regional policy research, teaching and publications. Commissioner Kazembe has done consultancy work for local, regional and international organisations, is a renowned gender activist, political analyst, researcher and co-author of various research based socio-legal gender publications. She is a founder member of a number of womenâ€™s organisations (Womenâ€™s Action Group (WAG), Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF) and the Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) Research Trust). Mrs Kazembe also served as Commissioner and Administrator of the Zimbabwe Constitutional Commission (1999-2000); Governor - Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (2001â€“2002), Advisor - Austrian Development Agency in Zimbabwe (1998 â€“ 2000), Councillor â€“ the Catholic University in Zimbabwe (1988 â€“ 2007) and the Womenâ€™s University in Africa (2002 â€“ 2008), the International Catholic Union of the Press (1992 â€“ date â€“ current Vice President), Vice President (Southern Africa) - the African Association of Political Science (1995 â€“ 2001), Island Hospice in Zimbabwe Board (2002 â€“ date); Catholic Church News (1998 â€“ 2001) and Moto (2000 â€“ 2003) Editorial Boards and the Mambo Press Board of Directors (2005 â€“ 2010).
Mr Daniel John Chigaru (Commissioner)
Daniel holds a B. Admin degree (UZ) and MBL degree (UNISA). He is an educationist, an accomplished Administrator and a noted Business Leader. He is currently General Manager of Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Company (ZITF), Chairpersonof Zimtrade (Zimbabweâ€™s National Trade Development and Export Promotion Organization), Assistant Governor (Bulawayo) Rotary District 9210, Past President of the Rotary Club of Matopos and sits on the following institutions:-
Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Company Board, ZimTrade Board, Matabeleland Chamber of Industries Executive Committee, Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of Zimbabwe Board, Lupane State University Council, Solusi University Council.
Daniel has a wealth of experience in training, exhibitions, events and project management.
Professor Geoff Feltoe (Commissioner)
Commissioner Feltoe is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Zimbabwe and is a registered legal practitioner. His academic studies were done in South Africa, in Zimbabwe and in England. He holds the following degrees: B.A., LL.B, MPhil.
For many years he has lectured at the University of Zimbabwe. His main teaching and research subjects are Criminal Law, Administrative Law and Delict (Civil Wrongs). He has published guides to these fields of law, as well as handbooks for Judges, Magistrates and Legal Practitioners on the handling of criminal cases. He has also published numerous articles on various aspects of the law in Zimbabwe.
He has been involved in various areas of law reform, including electoral reform and constitutional reform. He also played a prominent role in the compilation of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
Mr Theophilus Gambe (Commissioner)
Theophilus Pharoah Gambe is a senior legal counsel of the High Court of Zimbabwe, and senior partner in the law firm Gambe and Partners. He is passionate about ethical conduct in organisations. Has sat on and chaired various boards.
Dr Petty Makoni (Commissioner)
Dr Petty Makoni is a Health Professional, Educationist and Academic. She is a trained Nurse, Clinical Instructor, Nursing Educator, University Lecturer and Consultant. Dr Makoni qualified as a State Registered Nurse in 1978 at Harare Hospital and as a Midwife in 1981 at Mpilo Hospital. She then obtained a Diploma in Nursing Education in 1991 and a Bachelor in Nursing Degree majoring in Education from the University of Zimbabwe. In 1998, Dr Makoni graduated with an MSc degree majoring in Medical-Surgical Nursing also from the University of Zimbabwe. She was a Doctoral student from 2002-2006 and submitted her Thesis to the University of South Africa in December of 2006. The thesis title is â€Factors that Impact on Learning in Orphan-hood in Zimbabweâ€. She was awarded a Doctor of Literature and Philosophy Degree in October 2007. Dr Makoni spearheaded the establishment of the BSc Nursing Degree Programme at the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) and was appointed the Acting Chairperson of the Department of Medical Science in October 2003. Dr Makoni has researched and worked extensively on HIV/AIDS and Gender programmes/issues with the ZOU and the Womenâ€™s University in Africa, where she worked as Deputy Dean of Studies from 2005- 2008. Some of her publications include Bioscience Modules, a unit in the Management of Health Resources Module for ZOU and an HIV/AIDS Module for the Womenâ€™s University in Africa. In 2010 Dr Makoni published a religious book entitled â€œAwake Sojourner: This is not Your Restâ€.
Mrs Sibongile Ndlovu (Commissioner)
Commissioner Ndlovu has been involved in elections since 1995 as an election officer, an election monitoring supervisor, voter education supervisor with Election Supervisory Commission (ESC), once a Deputy Elections Officer for Bulawayo Province in 2007 and then a District Elections Officer in Bulawayo District from 2008 to March 2010. She also served in the Ministry of Education, Sport and Culture as a teacher in various schools becoming a secondary school Head in 1995 up to 2007. She has sat on various boards as a member. Ndlovu holds a B.A Hons Degree and Grad CE from UZ and certificates in counselling, sports and administration as well as Business Administration. Ndlovu is a born again Christian and loves the Lord.
Mrs Bessie Fadzai Nhandara (Commissioner)
Mr Mkhululi Nyathi (Commissioner)
With over ten years experience in the practice of the law, Commissioner Mkhululi Nyathi is the Senior and Managing Partner at Mabhikwa Hikwa and Nyathi Legal Practitioners in Bulawayo. Commissioner Nyathi has written and presented academic papers especially in the area of constitutional law. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree and Masters of Laws degree from the University of Zimbabwe and the University of the Witwatersrand in 1999 and 2005 respectively. For his Masters degree, Mr. Nyathi studied Advanced International Trade Law, Privacy and Data Protection Law, Refugees law and Media Law. Mr. Nyathi lectured in the Department of Public Law at the University of Zimbabwe (2002-2004) as a staff Development fellow before his Masters Degree after completion of which he left the University of Zimbabwe and joined the Department of Insurance and Risk Management, Faculty of Commerce, at the National University of Science and Technology at the end of 2005. At the National University of Science and Technology Mr. Nyathi taught Insurance Law and Commercial Law. Mr. Nyathi left the National University of Science and Technology at the end of 2006 to concentrate on legal practice.