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Reforming Constitutional Appointments: The Judiciary

Reforming Constitutional Appointments: The Judiciary

The Problem The problem with judicial appointments under the present constitution in Zimbabwe is that they are effectively in the hands of the President. The only check on his powers of appoint is that he is required to consult with the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) but I argued that this was a weak check because [...]

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The Man On Harare’s Street Corner

The Man On Harare’s Street Corner

The big bird landed at Harare arriving to a hot reception courtesy of the brilliant October sun shortly after noon on the 20th day of the month. The hotness of the October sun is tradition in these parts of Southern Africa but even folks of advanced age could barely remember the last time temperatures had [...]

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Reflections of an Exile

The term exile has become an interesting one in post Independence Zimbabwe.  It comes with various innuendo too for that matter. For example, I know a commuter omnibus company that plies some routes in the city of Bulawayo, and all the Kombi’s are branded ‘Exile.’ The person who created this brand name for the Kombi’s [...]

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A Street Called Rhodesia

A Street Called Rhodesia

Just over a year ago I moved further southwards from Gauteng down the Great Trek to Cape Town. This was after I had spent more than five years of my sojourn in South Africa mainly resident in Johannesburg and Pretoria. Indeed I do recall at school in the early 1990s while I was doing my [...]

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Zimbabwe’s Economic Reconstruction Should Be Internally Driven

Zimbabwe’s Economic Reconstruction Should Be Internally Driven

Introduction The signing of the Global Political Agreement on the 5th of September last year between the main political parties has provided a fresh impetus towards renewed herculean efforts to resuscitate Zimbabwe’s comatose economy. There is no doubt that the GNU has led to a stabilisation of macroeconomic fundamentals and a general improvement in the [...]

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Ideas, Personalities and Politics in Zimbabwe: Time to make the choice

Ideas, Personalities and Politics in Zimbabwe: Time to make the choice

Not that it is necessary, but because of what Jeremy Cronin calls “…the politics of politics…,” lets say the obvious first. Those who have led and prosecuted the cause for a democratic Zimbabwe, in particular, from the later part of the 1990s need to be saluted and commended. They squared-up against one of the most [...]

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Diaspora-based development efforts can be a powerful resource

Diaspora-based development efforts can be a powerful resource

It is refreshing to note that the debate on the role of Diaspora in the development of Zimbabwe has re-emerged from the trenches of political polarity that pre-occupied the pre-GNU discussion. The maturity with which the debate has been handled by the different players is quite promising. This is inimical to the negativity and myopicism [...]

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Remuneration Of Public Office Bearers In Zimbabwe

Remuneration Of Public Office Bearers In Zimbabwe

Introduction In mid-September, 2010 there were reports in the state and independent media informing the public that President Mugabe had received a 400 % salary increment. His salary of US$ 400 per month had jumped to US$ 1750. Other reports indicated that salary adjustment had been prompted by Mugabe’s discovery that judges were earning salaries [...]

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Judicial Independence – Should Judges Make Law?

Judicial Independence – Should Judges Make Law?

When I went to Law School, the hottest debate which we discussed over meals and much else, was often framed as, ‘Do Judges make law? Discuss’. The short answer of course, as every disciple of the law knows, is that judges do make law although they pretend not to. The question however, should be extended [...]

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