In this op ed piece Tony Reeler looks at the proposed National Peace and Reconciliation Commission Act, pointing to various unconstitutionals aspects and examining the political thinking behind the Bill.

The ZANU PF Constitution contains no provisions relating to the tenure of the Party Vice-Presidents. Thus those seeking to remove Emmerson Mnangagwa from office will need to rely on political muscle to do so rather than constitutional processes. 

Several people have asked RAU to set out in simple terms the legal provisions which apply should President Mugabe, die, retire or become incapacitated. Here they are.
Derek Matyszak 30.11.15.

This paper by Derek Matyszak analyses presidential power set out in the draft of the Constitution proposed for the country and on which there will be a referendum in March 2013.

This paper analyses human rights as set out in the draft of the Constitution proposed for the country and on which there will be a referendum in March 2013.

This study focuses on the first year of the Eighth Parliament running from September 2013-October 2014. It specifically focuses on the attendance of members of parliament (MPs) during the First Session of the Eighth Parliament. Among other things it looks at how each MP attended Plenary Sessions, how Ministers fared in attending Question and Answer Sessions, and whether the cost of maintaining Parliament was commensurate with the trends of attendance as displayed by the different MPs.

The work of Parliamentarians is only partly about being in the House of Assembly and providing both their legislative and oversight functions and communicate with their constituencies. This  present report - a pilot study was conducted with women in Zimbabwe, to explore their views and perception on the overall work and performance that Parliamentarians undertake on their behalf in Parliament.

Ahead of the crucial ZANU PF Congress of December 2014, RAU, together with the Zimbabwe NGO Forum, published The Mortal Remains: Succession and the ZANU PF Body Politic a paper which examined the issue of succession to President Robert Mugabe, viewed against both the State and ZANU PF Party Constitutions. That paper considered the ZANU PF Congresses of 1999, 2004 and 2009 in some detail.

On 1st July 2015 the Constitutional Court declared that Emmerson Mnangagwa did not hold the posts of Vice-President and Minister of Justice simultaneously as he had not in fact been appointed to the latter post - he had merely been assigned to administer it. The ruling was in the face of abundance evidence suggesting that Mnangagwa either had been appointed as Minister of Justice or was simply regarded by Mugabe as continuing in this post. Justice Malaba was certainly right in believing that Mnangagwa could not simply continue as Justice Minister.

Informal trading in the form of street vending has become in recent years a common feature in cities across Zimbabwe.

The Central Business Districts (CBDs) are inundated with vendors stationed at street corners, some stationed at traffic lights, others selling their wares on street pavements and some in parking lots at shopping centres. It has created tension between the traders and the City Councils who regulate and enforce these municipal laws.


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