24 July 2017
   
SA child 'virtually cured' of HIV - Doctors
Mugabe gives Grace's sister US$60,000
Biti’s party hammers mid-term fiscal review
Police crush MDC-T demonstration
Mutambara launches book in London
Mental patient kills party gate-crasher
SA to continue Zim power supplies
Elections: ZEC clarifies proof of residence
MORE NEWS
Gwanda gold mine output up 9pct
CFI Holdings: Bidding war continues
MORE BUSINESS
Mutamba takes Mbira music to Canada
OJ Simpson freed, but then what?
MORE SHOWBIZ
Warriors lose 4-5, crash out of CHAN
Coutinho bid a waste of time - Klopp
MORE SPORTS
What would Nehanda and Kaguvi do?
US militarisation of Zimbabwe
MORE OPINION
 
Gukurahundi: Behind the hatred, disunity
Will this religious madness end?
MORE COLUMNISTS
 
 
Over 100 NGOs protest bid to grant Mugabe powers to appoint Chief Justice, activists storm parliament
17/02/2017 00:00:00
by Staff reporter
 
Petitioned ... Speaker, Jacob Mudenda
 
RELATED STORIES

MORE than 102 civil society organizations (CSOs) on Thursday stormed parliament and petitioned the House of Assembly speaker, Jacob Mudenda to block government from amending the constitution to give President Mugabe more powers.

The CSOs, who handed over the petition to Mudenda through their representative body, Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, said government’s intentions undermined constitutionalism.

Their concern came after late last year government, through the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, proposed to amend some sections of the constitution which mandate the authority to conduct public interviews for the positions of the Chief Justice, deputy Chief Justice and the Judge President of the High Court.

If the proposed amendment passes, it means that the appointment of the three offices will now be done by the President after consultation with the Judicial Service Commission.

In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com, soon after handing over the petition to Mudenda, Marvelous Khumalo, who heads the advocacy committee in the coalition of CSOs, said they wanted the Parliament to protect the constitution.

“We are of the view that this move seeks to introduce excessive powers to the presidency and defeats the gains secured and the will of the people through the enactment of the Constitution on the principle of separation of powers,” he said.

“To us the amendment signifies the rebirth of the legacy of the Lancaster House Constitution and runs counter to the constitutional values in new people driven constitution which emphasize transparency and the principle of separation of powers”, said Khumalo.

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, said they were going to mobilize masses to reject the amendment when the proposed bill goes for public hearings.

“It is our view that the articulated process, in the Constitution of Zimbabwe, of appointing of the Chief Justice allows a democratic process of selecting shortlisted competent candidates from the Judicial Service Commission on merit whereas the proposed amendment give the President the power to select and appoint ,”said Khumalo.

 



Advertisement


 
Email this to a friend Printable Version Discuss This Story
Share this article:

Digg it

Del.icio.us

Reddit

Newsvine

Nowpublic

Stumbleupon

Face Book

Myspace

Fark
 
 
 
comments powered by Disqus
 
RSS NewsTicker