June 2, 2020

The arrest and detention of one of Zimbabwe’s most recognisable names in the legal profession, Advocate Thabani Mpofu, is a most worrying circumstance in the story of a troubled nation. It is indicative of the ignominious depths to which the Mnangagwa regime has sunk....

May 31, 2020

Bond Notes and the Return of the Zimbabwe Dollar

This is the second part of this week's BSR. Part 1 dealt with legal battles arising from the directive of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) of October 2007, in terms of which all money held in foreign currency accounts w...

May 29, 2020

Law, Politics and Finance

Law, politics and finance have had explosive encounters in Zimbabwe over the recent past. The currency policy has been the major point of clashes. The outcome is, more often than not, a source of misery for ordinary citizens and entities doing...

May 22, 2020

Is it possible for a constitutional amendment to be unconstitutional? This matter used to exercise the minds of academic lawyers and might have seemed esoteric to practitioners. However, in recent years, there has been much discussion over the question of the constitut...

May 20, 2020

In the various discussions concerning the controversial judgment of the Supreme Court in the case of Mashavira v MDC and Others (2020) which was delivered on 31 March, the small print seems to have been overlooked and drowned in a flood of assumptions and interpretatio...

May 16, 2020

Alex T. Magaisa 

The abduction and torture of three members of the MDC Alliance by suspected state agents is a serious blot on the nation’s image at a time when it is desperately seeking rehabilitation and readmission into the broader family of nations. 

Torture is a cri...

May 15, 2020

Alex T. Magaisa

In 1983, just three years after independence, the new Parliament of Zimbabwe had to deal with a matter concerning the tenure of one of its members’ seats. The member in question was no ordinary man. That man was Dr Joshua Nkomo, a doyen of the liberation...

May 8, 2020

In the beginning 

Ten years ago, Douglas Mwonzora and I had a conversation on the sidelines of a conference at the Elephant Hills Hotel in Victoria Falls. He asked whether I might be available for the constitution-making process, which was by then already underway. Mwon...

May 5, 2020

When I wrote last week’s BSR on the issue of recalling Members of Parliament from Parliament, I was oblivious of the fact that the issue was already before the legislative body. Today, Parliament was convened to announce that four (4) MPs of the MDC Alliance have been...

May 2, 2020

Alex T. Magaisa

The question of how a Member of Parliament (MP) loses his or her parliamentary seat is a contentious one. How, why and when an MP loses their seat is governed by the Constitution of Zimbabwe. Death is the most obvious circumstance by which a seat is lost...

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