Reforms and Elections: The Need for a Transitional Executive Council

  • Posted on: 14 June 2013
  • By: admin

When South Africa was faced with the problems of negotiating its transition by an election in 1994, it produced an extremely important mechanism to ensure that the election would be free and fair, and that the overwhelming power of the South African state (dominated by the National Party) could not be used to the advantage of the governme

The Election Date Circus - Act II?

  • Posted on: 10 June 2013
  • By: admin

In several articles recently posted by RAU, it was noted that the President cannot comply with both the Electoral Law as it currently stands, and with the Constitutional Court ruling that elections be held by 31st July, 2013. Today’s (10.06.13) Herald has Professor Madhuku stating in effect “No problem. Mugabe can just use the Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) Act to alter all the necessary provisions of the Electoral Act to enable him to meet the deadline”.

New Bottles: Old Wine - An Analysis of the Constitutional Court Judgement on Election Dates

  • Posted on: 4 June 2013
  • By: admin

On Friday 31st May, 2013 the newly established Constitutional Court issued its first judgment, that is the case of Jealousy Mbizvo Mawarire  v Robert Gabriel Mugabe N.O. and Ors CCZ1/13. The judgment concerned an urgent application by Mr. Mawarire, brought on the basis of a claim that the President was constitutionally obliged to set the dates for Zimbabwe’s next general election no later than the day after the 29th June, 2013 when Parliament reaches the end of its constitutionally prescribed five year term. The failure to do so, Mr.

Prioritising Education on the Political Agenda

  • Posted on: 31 May 2013
  • By: admin

The  “shocking pass rates” or should we say failure rates in the 2012 Ordinary level results are just a symptom of deep-rooted problems that have been developing in Zimbabwe’s education sector over the years. Reforming the education sector should be a top priority for any government or party that seriously wants to take charge of the echelons of power. This can be done by placing education at the core of their campaign strategy.

Being Even Handed Under the Law

  • Posted on: 24 May 2013
  • By: admin

When we read in the newspaper that policemen have been charged under the Police Act for attending a political meeting we can be pleased that the Zimbabwe Republic Police are finally obeying the law that governs them. However, we have to ask whether this new found zeal for obeying the Act will now be applied in an even-handed manner?

Justice Inaction

  • Posted on: 24 April 2013
  • By: admin

The trial of Thabani Mpofu, a researcher in MDC Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s office, on charges of failing to renew a firearm licence and failure to keep the firearm in a secure place, are an eye opener for anyone who has not seen Zimbabwe’s criminal justice system at work at first hand.

Homos in High Places. The Disease is Catching?

  • Posted on: 18 March 2013
  • By: admin

“The constitution is never cast in stone. These loopholes must be picked up and there should be political will . . . In South Africa, they have failed to deal with the issue of homosexuality because there are homos in high places. The same can be said of the United States and other countries. We need to be vigilant on these kinds of loopholes. This is a big step and let’s subject it to further discussion,” he said.[1]

Why Deal With the Problem When You Can Merely Whine?

  • Posted on: 29 January 2013
  • By: admin

Issue 507 of the MDC Today (28.01.13), quoting Tendai Biti’s criticism of the indigenisation programme, is likely to draw snorts of derision from the companies affected by Minister Kasukuwere’s policies.

Kasukuwere demands that non-indigenous companies dispose of 51% of “their shares” to black Zimbabweans. This demand immediately appears to be nonsense to lawyers and those with any accounting or business skills. Companies do not own the shares - shareholders do. One cannot legally compel companies to dispose of that which they do not own and over which they have no control.