Constitution Watch

CONSTITUTION WATCH 4/2017

[11th March 2017]

The New National Peace and Reconciliation Commission Bill

Introduction

Commission established by the Constitution

CONSTITUTION WATCH 3/2017

[31st January 2017]

Death Penalty Challenge in the Constitutional Court

on Wednesday 1st February, 2017

CONSTITUTION WATCH 2/2017

[25th January 2017]

Constitutional Amendment to Extend Presidential Powers

Introduction

CONSTITUTION WATCH 1/2017

[24th January 2017]

Invitation from Parliament for Public Comments on

The Constitution Amendment Bill

Parliament yesterday invited public comments on the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 1) Bill.   In view of the importance of the Bill, the whole of the text of the invitation itself is set out below.

CONSTITUTION WATCH 20/2016

[26th September 2016]

Reminder:  Death Penalty Challenge in the Constitutional Court

On Wednesday 28th September

 

CONSTITUTION WATCH 19/2016

[14th September 2016]

Death Penalty Challenge in the Constitutional Court

Wednesday 28th September

 

CONSTITUTION WATCH 18/2016

[29th August 2016]

Constitutional Right to Fair and Public/Transparent Trials

Introduction

Opposition activists and others who were arrested for allegedly taking part in the disorders that rocked Harare last week are being brought to the Harare Magistrates Court for remand, presumably on charges of public violence or inciting public violence.

CONSTITUTION WATCH 17/2016

[15th August 2016]

Constitutional Alignment:

ConCourt Outlines Duties of the ZBC as a Public Broadcaster

Introduction

Is it constitutional for the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation [the ZBC] to collect compulsory licence fees from members of the public who have television sets?

CONSTITUTION WATCH 16/2016

[10th August 2016]

Constitutional Alignment

Prisons Act Amended by Constitutional Court

Parole for Life Prisoners

Introduction

Last month, in a landmark judgment delivered in a case brought by Veritas, the Constitutional Court declared that prisoners undergoing life imprisonment were entitled to be considered for release on parole in the same way as other prisoners.

CONSTITUTION WATCH 15/2016

[27th July 2016]

Constitutional Alignment:

The Official Secrets Act and Freedom of Expression

Introduction

In recent by-elections, accredited observers were required to sign the Official Secrets Act before they were allowed into polling stations to observe voting.  This raises questions:

CONSTITUTION WATCH 14/2006

[26th July 2016]

Is Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016 Constitutional?

Consultation Necessary before Publication of Statutory Instruments

Introduction

CONSTITUTION WATCH 13/2016

[14th July 2016]

Veritas Wins Court Case Against Life Imprisonment Without Parole

Another Landmark Constitutional Court Judgment

 

Introduction

CONSTITUTION WATCH 12/2016

[14th July 2016]

The Constitution and Complaints About Police

&

The Role of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission

Introduction

CONSTITUTION WATCH 11/2016

[7th July 2016]

The Role of the Police and Army and the Use of Force in the Suppression of Riots

Introduction

CONSTITUTION WATCH 11/2016

[7th July 2016]

The Role of the Police and Army and the Use of Force in the Suppression of Riots

Introduction

CONSTITUTION WATCH 10/2016

[5th June 2016]

Constitutional Alignment: Local Government

The Local Government Laws Amendment Bill – Part II

Introduction

CONSTITUTION WATCH 9/2016

[4th June 2016]

Constitutional Alignment: Local Government

The Local Government Laws Amendment Bill - Part I

Introduction

CONSTITUTION WATCH 8/2016

[16th May 2016]

Constitutional Alignment: Media Freedom

Introduction

The Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights and Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to information, Ms Pansy Tlakula, will be visiting Zimbabwe this week to assess the country’s progress in re-aligning media-related laws with the Constitution.

CONSTITUTION WATCH 7/2016

[11th May 2016]

Suspension of Mayor of Harare – Constitutional?

Introduction

The story is well known, at least to local residents.  Following a dispute between the City Council of Harare and the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing over the appointment of a Town Clerk, the Minister purported to suspend the mayor from office.

CONSTITUTION WATCH 6/2016

[23rd February 2016]

The Death Penalty in the Senate

Introduction

Two important Bills affecting the death penalty are due to be considered by the Senate this week.  The Bills are the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Amendment Bill and the General Laws Amendment Bill.

The Bills

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