Mujuru challenges Presidential powers

Zimbabwe People First leader Dr Joice Mujuru has gone to the Constitutional Court to challenge the legality of a Presidential decree providing a legal framework for the introduction of bond notes as legal tender. President Mugabe issued a decree this week authorising the introduction of bond notes, which are expected to ease the liquidity crunch gripping the country. Dr Mujuru filed her application in the Constitutional Court yesterday and listed President Mugabe, Parliament, Finance and Economic Minister Patrick Chinamasa, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr John Mangudya and Attorney-General Advocate…

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Zanu PF plunders state resources

Over the years, the Zanu PF regime has always illegally and unconstitutionally conflated the relationship between Zanu PF as a political party and the State or government. Because Zanu PF is basically a commandist and totalitarian quasi – political and militarised organisation, they have never, ever appreciated that a political party, even if it happens to be the ruling party, is not the same as a government. Put alternatively, the ruling party is not the government and conversely, the government is not the ruling party.In a modern constitutional democracy,these two bodies…

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#PublicOfficeCharter of Zimbabwe

This is what the Constitution of Zimbabwe demands of every public official of Zimbabwe. Every public officer should respect the fundamental rights or freedoms of any person – s48-78 (Bill of Rights). Public power should be exercised in a “lawful, prompt, efficient, reasonable, proportionate, impartial and both substantively and procedurally fair” way – s68(1). Any person whose right, freedom, interest or legitimate expectation has been adversely affected by a public official has the right to be given promptly and in writing the reasons for the conduct. – s68(2). Vice Presidents,…

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How can the tragedy of 2008 be avoided in Zimbabwe?

In Zimbabwe, there has been serious shortages of foreign currency (forex) due to a shrinking and non-productive economy and imprudence in economic management. From February 2009, the US$ notes have been the currency of Zimbabwe officially alongside a number of foreign currencies (South African Rand, Botswana Pula, Chinese Yuan and British Pound). In May 2016, the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) announced that there will be an introduction of a surrogate currency called “Bond Notes” backed by a loan facility of US$200 million from Afreximbank in two…

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