Zimbabwe gives Mugabe power to appoint judges

2017-07-26 06:05
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Harare - Zimbabwe's parliament on Tuesday passed a bill amending the constitution to give the president sweeping powers to appoint the country's top judges without consulting any other institution.

If passed into law, the bill will give Robert Mugabe the sole responsiblity to appoint the chief justice and their deputy.

Under the 2013 constitution, the president could only appoint a chief justice from individuals recommended by the judicial services commission and after public interviews of the candidates.

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who heads Zimbabwe's parliament, hailed the adoption of the bill.

Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF party enjoys a majority in the 270-seat legislature.

A total of 182 lawmakers voted in favour of the changes that tinker with the country's constitution, which was adopted in a 2013 referendum after being put together by the ruling and opposition parties under a power-sharing government.

"This is what democracy is all about, where those who disagree are given the opportunity to air their views," Mnangagwa said in an address to lawmakers after the law change was announced.

The opposition and civil society had expressed concern that the amendment would compromise and weaken the judiciary.

Read more on:    zanu -pf  |  emmerson mnangagwa  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.