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Constitution amendment a reversal of the gains achieved through constitution - ZPP

by Stephen Jakes
13 Feb 2020 at 06:43hrs | Views
The Zimbabwe Peace Project has reported that the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No.2) Bill is largely a reversal of the gains that were achieved through the constitution.

"The amendments will increase the powers of the president at the expense of the judiciary and the legislature. This is a blatant attack on the principles of democracy and the separation of powers. For example the proposed scrapping off of the running mate will only give more power to the president as he will continue appointing vice presidents, without them being given the mandate by the people," ZPP said.

"The proposed amendment for the president to appoint a sitting judge to a higher court without the judge being subjected to a public interview takes away the transparency of the appointment process and also compromises the independence of the judiciary as the president can appoint at his pleasure.

Watch list.  Zimbabwe is likely to see an increase in the use of machetes in criminal activities in non mining areas following the clamp down by the police in mining areas. In light of the drought and the strained economy, the country is likely to face shortages of most basic commodities, thereby fueling the black market."

ZPP said as food insecurity increases, so too are the violations related to distribution of food and other aid.

"As the economy continues to self- dollarize, the majority of Zimbabweans who earn Zimbabwean Dollars will be unable to cope with hyperinflation," ZPP said.

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