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Constitution Watch 5-2017

CONSTITUTION WATCH 5/2017

[May 29th 2017]

Do Laws have to be Aligned with the Constitution?

Introduction

Must Laws be aligned to the Constitution?  The answer is both “Yes” and “No”.  We shall first look at why we say No, under the heading the Supremacy of the Constitution.  We shall then examine the arguments for  saying “Yes they do have to be aligned”.

Constitution Watch 1-2017

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 18-2016

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

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

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

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 8-2016

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

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.

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