Zimbabwe’s High Court on Saturday ruled that President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s controversial extension of tenure of the country’s top judge is illegal. This, after Mnangagwa announced last week that he had extended Luke Malaba’s term of office by five years, just hours before the Chief Justice was due to retire, a move seen as aimed at consolidating the president’s power. “Remarkable victory in defence of the Constitution!” Zimbabwe human rights lawyer Doug Coltart tweeted in the wake of the ruling, while outspoken Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga lauded it as a display of “courage and integrity”. But decrying the ruling as “baseless and meaningless”, the government said it was “a typical case of judicial overreach”.