Articles tagged 'constitution'

ED seen amending Constitution to realise dream 25 June 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa is likely to amend the Constitution to enable him to stand as a presidential candidate for three terms following his recent pronouncements in Gweru that he will lead the country until 2030, political analysts have said. Currently, the Constitution does not...
Mugabe abusing presidential powers 22 September 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe might have acted contrary to the Constitution when he invoked  Presidential Powers, which could render his action null and void, constitutional law experts said yesterday. This comes after Mugabe last week invoked presidential powers to amend the Electoral Act ...
Zanu PF escalates push to amend new Constitution 1 August 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF will again use its two-thirds parliamentary majority to approve more constitutional amendments giving back wide-sweeping powers to the president, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said. The changes come at the expense of MPs' rights to oversee the...
'Mugabe will never align laws to new Constitution' 30 June 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe will not align subsidiary legislation to the new Constitution because that will be tantamount to reforming himself out of power, a former Cabinet minister has said. Paul Mangwana — co-chairperson of the parliamentary committee that drove the constitutional refo...
Mnangagwa hails Constitution 12 June 2017 HARARE - Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa has hailed the current Constitution signed into law in 2013, replacing a Lancaster House charter forged in the dying days of British colonial rule. Approved overwhelmingly in a referendum in March of 2013, Mnangagwa said it consolidates the gains of...
Protest over Diaspora vote 5 June 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwean civil society organisations (CSOs) are planning to stage a protest over the Diaspora vote, as they up pressure on President Robert Mugabe's government to allow foreign-based citizens to vote in next year's elections. The demonstration will be held in neighbouring South Afri...
'New Censorship Board unconstitutional' 25 May 2017 HARARE - The new Censorship Board installed by Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo is not provided for in the new Constitution, legal experts said yesterday. The new Board of Censors will be led by former Cabinet minister, educationist and historian Aeneas Chigwedere, who will be deputised b...
Mudede should respect Constitution 23 May 2017 HARARE - Proposed ban of dual citizenship by Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede is part of a plan by the ruling Zanu PF government to rig the 2018 general elections, social and political analysts' content. Their comments follow Mudede's presentation on the Constitution and dual citizenship at a ...
Govt to exclude expats from voting 17 May 2017 HARARE - Government is moving to disenfranchise millions of Zimbabweans in the key 2018 vote by refusing to re-align the Citizenship Act with the new Constitution, opposition parties and civic groups have said. Declarations by registrar general Tobaiwa Mudede that government will continue to o...
Zim elections expected by August 2018 12 May 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's general elections must be held by August 21 2018, when the national legislative assembly's five-year term expires, according to the new Constitution. Section 158 of the new Constitution states that “a general election must be held so that polling takes place not more than  ...
Mugabe declares Chidyausiku national hero 8 May 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF have declared the late former long-serving Chief Justice, Godfrey Chidyausiku, a national hero. Chidyausiku died in a South African hospital last Wednesday where he was receiving medical attention for liver and kidney-related problems. He left th...
Concern over assisted voters 5 May 2017 HARARE - Authorities must amend constitutional provisions relating to assisted voting ahead of the 2018 elections, as the current ones are prone to abuse, the Election Resource Centre (ERC) has urged. This comes as the number of assisted voters in the country's previous elections has been cont...
Ex-chief justice Chidyausiku dies 4 May 2017 HARARE - Former long-serving chief justice, Godfrey Chidyausiku, died in a South African hospital yesterday, where he was receiving medical attention for an undisclosed illness. Chidyausiku left the bench two months ago after he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70, having led the judici...
New marriage law on the cards 3 April 2017 HARARE - Parliament will soon approve a new law targeted at ending child marriages and enforce equal distribution of matrimonial property upon divorce or separation of spouses. The law, expected to come into force by year-end, is part of reforms under the new Constitution overwhelmingly adopte...
What to expect from a Malaba reign 2 April 2017 KENT - Although Chief Justice (CJ) Luke Malaba will only have four years in office, he could still leave a remarkable legacy as head of the judicial arm of the State. He has nothing to lose. In fact, with only four years, he has a great incentive to do more and better as he won't have the oppo...
Kudos to you Mr President 30 March 2017 HARARE - Following the appointment of seasoned jurist Luke Malaba as the country’s chief justice - to replace the outgoing Godfrey Chidyausiku - we applaud President Robert Mugabe's decision to appoint this experienced lawman at a time when the process risked degenerating into a complete farce du...
Harare rejects CJ law changes 18 February 2017 HARARE - Zanu PF’s plans to amend the Constitution were overwhelmingly rejected yesterday as civil society and members of the public in Harare ganged up against the proposed Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No1) Bill. The Bill seeks to restore sweeping powers to President Robert Mugabe to a...
'Only 20pc of Zimbos have new Constitution' 25 January 2017 BULAWAYO - Only 20 percent of Zimbabwe’s 13 million-plus population has a copy of the new Constitution, a research group has said. The group — Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights (MIHR) — conducted a survey in 2016 to establish Zimbabweans’ access to the crucial document. MIHR general-s...
Know your rights — Buyanga 7 January 2017 HARARE - Zimbabweans in the Diaspora, especially those in South Africa (SA), must acquaint themselves with the country’s constitution, in order to avoid unnecessary harassment and an inferiority complex, businessman Frank Buyanga has said. This also comes as tens of thousands of locals have su...
Constitution change draws outrage 27 December 2016 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has sparked outrage after unilaterally changing the new Constitution, reinstating his sweeping powers to appoint the Chief Justice and slamming shut any thoughts of progressive reform of judicial institutional independence. This comes after the Judicial Service...
Police block Bulawayo demo 16 November 2016 BULAWAYO - Police here have refused to clear a demonstration by civic society organisations, citing the grouping’s failure to file their application within stipulated time. The protest — under the banner #This Constitution, Our Constitution Campaign — was targeted at compelling President Rober...
'Lacoste want Mugabe dead' 7 November 2016 HARARE - Under fire Local Government minister and Zanu PF national political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere, says it's now time to speak openly about the deadly tribal, factional and succession wars ravaging the ruling party. Addressing a Zanu PF rally in the Harare dormitory town of Epworth ye...
Address corruption to unlock funding: EU tells Zim 17 October 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe needs to deal with, and address corruption levels to unlock funding, a European Union official has said, amid indications that the country’s high levels of domestic debt and fiscal deficit are being driven by rampant corruption. EU envoy to Zimbabwe, Philippe Van Damme, last ...
Defining week for Con-Court 27 September 2016 HARARE - It is a defining week for the Constitutional Court (Con-Court), which will hear and make decisions on constitutional applications that have a strong bearing on the country's justice delivery system. The challenges have been prompted by the delays in the alignment of operational Acts i...
Lacoste faction nudging ahead 24 September 2016 HARARE - The Zanu PF faction rallying behind Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa's mooted presidential aspirations, which has for months been on the receiving end of a ruthless pummelling from its ruling party foes, is said to have wrestled back the initiative in the former liberation movement's se...