The former acting Chief Justice of Zambia Justice Lombe Chbesakunda has been elected as the new Judge President for the COMESA Court of Justice. Justice Lombe Chbesakunda was voted to replace outgoing Justice Nzamba Kitonga of Kenya whose tenure and that of the other Judges comes to an end in June 2015. The election took place on Wednesday 4 March 2015 in Khartoum Sudan during the meeting of COMESA Ministers of Justice and Attorneys General.
Ten COMESA 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.
Justice Chibesakunda has previously served as chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Zambia, Solicitor General, Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Legal Affairs and also served as an Ambassador to Japan and the United Kingdom, the Holy Sea and the Netherlands.
She participated in the Lancaster talks ushering in the independence of Zimbabwe and campaigned for the end of Apartheid rule in South Africa.