The law in force before British occupation was the traditional or customary law of the tribes living in Zimbabwe at that time.
All cases tried in the courts then bore the name of the Gown or the Rex.
In October 1923, Southern Rhodesia was formally transformed into a British Colony by the Southern Rhodesia (Annexation) Order in Council of 30 July 1923.
The company was the brainchild of Cecil John Rhodes, a British businessman and politician.
The colony of Zimbabwe was renamed Rhodesia, after Cecil Rhodes.
Chiefs and their kraal heads administered the law with the chiefs being the judges who had the final say in the settlement of disputes.
Chiefs have the power to issue royal decrees and these would become law.
He has been a fellow with the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (Gambia) He has also won the international Reebok Human Rights Award on the 6th of June 2006. Currently he is a student intern with Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.
He has held the positions of Secretary for Legal and Academic affairs at the University of Zimbabwe and is a Commissioner with the Catholic Commission for Peace and Justice.
Traditional laws were enforced by the king or chiefs warriors, or indunas.29 October 1889 marked the commencement of formal colonial takeover for Zimbabwe.