Who is Justice Elizabeth Gwaunza?

Elizabeth Gwaunza is a Zimbabwean judge and a justice of the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe. She was appointed Deputy Chief Justice in March 2018.


Gwaunza was born in 1953


Gwaunza was admitted as a legal practitioner of the High Court of Zimbabwe in 1987. Gwaunza co-founded and was the national coordinator of the Women and Law in Southern Africa Research Project between 1989 and 1995. She was the first director, Legal Affairs in the Ministry of Community Development and Women’s Affairs and also worked as a director of Legal Aid in the Ministry of Justice. Gwaunza served on the boards of many women’s non-governmental organizations, including Musasa Project and the Women’s Leadership and Governance Institute. She chaired the Wills and Inheritance Project — a joint venture of DFID and the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs. She was founding member and past president of the Zimbabwe Association of Women Judges and member of the International Association of Women Judges.

She Served as an Acting Judge of Appeal in the Supreme Court in May.

Appointment as Deputy Chief Justice

In March 2018Gwaunza was appointed as the Deputy Chief Justice of the Constitutional and Supreme Court of Zimbabwe. She succeeded Justice Luke Malaba who took the post of Chief Justice. Elizabeth Gwaunza Appointed Deputy Chief Justice

Farm Mechanisation Scheme

In July 2020Elizabeth Gwaunza was listed, in the BSR of 18 July 2020, as a beneficiary in the 2007 RBZ Farm Mechanisation Scheme, as a result of the Fast Track Land Reform Programme.

The data is analysed by recipients origin:.

  • Mashonaland provinces had the most beneficiaries, both in terms of numbers and value.

Mashonaland East got US$47,5 million,
Mashonaland West US$44,7 million
Mashonaland Central had US$34,2 million.

  • Two Matebeleland provinces had a combined total of US$13,9 million.
  • Masvingo US$26,4 million,
  • Manicaland US$18 million
  • Midlands US$14 million.

Elizabeth Gwaunza is listed under the thematic group “Political Referees: Judges”. According to the list, she got US$62,534.00

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