July 21, 2016

Citizenship is one of the most important rights in the Constitution of Zimbabwe. It’s about belonging, identity and access to rights, benefits and privileges. A section of the Constitution, Chapter 3, deals specifically with the issue of citizenship, while parts of the...

July 19, 2016

I understand the police have revised their charges against Pastor Evan Mawarire and that they are now charging him for allegedly “subverting” the constitutional government of Zimbabwe. This charge is based on section 22(2) of the Criminal Law (Codification) Act (the Cr...

July 12, 2016

Police in Zimbabwe have arrested Pastor Evan Mawarire, the man behind the #ThisFlag citizens’ movement which has been expressing citizens’ concerns over matters of governance, corruption and socio-economic challenges in the country in recent months. This comes in the w...

July 12, 2016

On 11 July 2016, Dr Munyaradzi Kereke, the ZANU PF MP for Bikita West constituency, was found guilty of raping a minor child, who was also a relative. It was the conclusion of a long-drawn legal saga which started in 2010 when the child was raped by Kereke.

The case is...

June 30, 2016

Alex T. Magaisa

The ICT Minister, Mr Supa Mandiwanzira, has unwittingly revealed some serious illegality and unconstitutionality which is taking place in government in relation to the management of public funds. He was responding to findings by the Auditor General that...

June 29, 2016

Alex T. Magaisa

Zimbabwe is a godsend for students of the rule of law or more precisely, the lack of it. It’s a modern-day reminder of the fact that even an authoritarian regime can proudly claim to be an adherent to the rule of law while at the same time mutilating it....

June 24, 2016

This is a long story, which begins with potholes as sites for rent-seeking and ends with the stark reality of a shadow state that has developed in Zimbabwe, manned by greedy political elites who seem to hold an unlimited licence to loot. This BSR sets out the problem,...

June 4, 2016

Alex T. Magaisa

Located close to the southern tip of a vast country which stretches down the south-eastern coast of Africa, the city of Maputo’s architecture tells a heavy story of a slow recovery from a difficult and tempestuous start to life after independence. The ve...

May 22, 2016

Alex T. Magaisa

When President Mugabe attended the University of Fort Hare’s centenary celebrations at the weekend, he was reported to have made commented to Zimbabwean students regarding the issue of dual citizenship. According to a report broadcast on ZiFM Stereo rad...

May 6, 2016


In the last #BSR, I discussed the issue of land compensation in Zimbabwe. I presented the current legal reality and argued that, contrary to what the Zimbabwe government has said in recent years, the land issue is far from settled and remains a contentious...

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