Obert Chaurura Gutu

Senior Partner

He is the senior partner and holds BL (Hons) and LL.B. degrees from the University of Zimbabwe. He was admitted to practice law in Zimbabwe in 1987. He is a member of the Law Society of Zimbabwe as well as the International Bar Association (IBA) where his membership number is 0052121. He was admitted as a member of the International Bar Association in February 1993. Obert Chaurura Gutu is a director and a shareholder in a number of companies with interests in the retail business sector, television production, travel and tourism. In January 1985 he was employed as a public prosecutor by the Ministry of Justice, Magistrates’ Court. He prosecuted several criminal matters both at the Harare  Magistrates’ Court and also at the Mbare Magistrates’ Court. In March 1986, he was granted study leave by the Ministry to go and pursue a postgraduate law degree, i.e. LL.B. He  completed the LL.B. degree programme at the end of 1986. He returned to the Ministry of Justice in November 1996 as a magisterial assistant. He was admitted as a legal practitioner of the High Court of Zimbabwe in May 1987. In July 1987, he joined Messrs. Chirunda, Chihambakwe & Partners as a professional assistant. On the 1st of October 1990, he formed a partnership dissolved in July 1992 and he remained in practice under the style of Messrs. Gutu & Associates. He was elected to be the Senator for Chisipite in Harare during the harmonized elections that were held in Zimbabwe on March 29 2008. In Parliament, he was the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Legal Committee (PLC). He was also a member of the Standing Rules and Orders Committee (SROC) of the 7th Parliament of Zimbabwe. He recently completed a  Master of Philosophy degree with the University of Zimbabwe and his thesis topic was:

” Rule of law in post-independent Zimbabwe between the period 1980 – 2002: the implications of the observance and non-observance of the rule of law in the development of constitutional law “.

He is one of the lawyers in Africa who has been engaged by the World Bank’s Doing Business project.


He prepares and submits reports to the Monitoring and Analysis Unit Investment Climate Department He has a passion for reading and research. He has also been invited on several occasions by local NGOs and international organizations to present papers at workshops and seminars. He was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice & Legal Affairs of Zimbabwe on June 24, 2010. His core responsibility was to assist the Minister in formulating and implementing policies for the justice delivery system of Zimbabwe.  He became Chairman of the Ministry of Justice & Legal Affairs anti-corruption committee and also worked closely with the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC). He became chairman of the Family Court of Zimbabwe’s steering committee. he attended numerous workshops, seminars and conferences locally, regionally and internationally. On May 7, 2021, He was sworn into office by the President of Zimbabwe, His Excellency President Enmerson Mnangagwa, as a Commissioner of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission. Amongst his hobbies, he counts golf, karate and chess. He is a keen football fan. He regularly writes articles for both print and Online publications.