10 Jul Written by  Administrator

Civil society commends judiciary over ‘positive’ rulings

Harare -- CIVIL society has commended the Zimbabwean judiciary for making positive judgments on issues to do with compliance with the new Constitution.


Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) Spokesperson, Mfundo Mlilo said the recent rulings by the judiciary upholding issues such as dual citizenship, criminal defamation laws and stopping house demolitions were commendable for compliance with the new Constitution, but the executive had to speed up the process of aligning the rest of the laws.

There has been progress with regards to the conduct of the judiciary,” he said.

“In particular, we note rulings that consolidate our national democracy with regards to criminal defamation, right to shelter and dual citizenship.

“However, it’s a very small step and slow process towards alignment of laws with the new Constitution because courts only wait for cases to come and determine on them.

“Our desire is that the government must produce a comprehensive timeframe and program of action for alignment and drafting process.

“We have always argued that these laws must be repealed and we think that justice delayed is justice denied.”


Meanwhile, Mlilo condemned President Robert Mugabe’s recent remarks that no white person was allowed to own land in Zimbabwe at the launch of A1 permits in Mashonaland as a violation of property rights.

“We deplore racial overtones,” said Mlilo.

“President Mugabe’s statements are cause for concern because there are whites that are Zimbabweans and this is a threat to the constitution because it violates property rights.

“We urge the President to be the chief defender of the Constitution.”

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