Alert: ZimRights challenges duty bearers on failing to protect and Uphold the Constitution

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The Zimbabwe Human Rights Association on 21 May, 2021, filed a Constitutional Application seeking to have the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No.2) Act of 2021 declared invalid. ZimRights argues that the Parliament of Zimbabwe failed to follow several procedural provisions in seeking to amend the constitution including the failure to facilitate adequate public involvement in the legislative process. According to law, Parliament must immediately release precise terms of the Bill and allow members of the public to comment on and scrutinize the proposed law for at least 90 days. However, Parliament delayed this public participation process for six months, and only allowed public meetings on the Bill for six days. Further, the meetings were held during the COVID-19 pandemic, making participation from the public even more difficult. The few public comments that were heard by Parliament were largely ignored. This failure to adhere to constitutional obligations meant that a substantial portion of the public was unable to share their thoughts on this important legislation. ZimRights further argues that the Parliament of Zimbabwe, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary affairs and the Attorney General have failed to uphold and protect the Constitution, which is their core duty as office bearers.

 

 

 

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