ED should ratify democracy laws

THE continued delay by President Emmerson Mnangagwa‘s government to ratify the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) despite signing it three years ago is as  concerning as it is mindboggling. Zimbabwe signed ACDEG on March 21, 2018, but has not yet ratified it, according to the African Union (AU) status list for the charter which is on its website. In March 2019, Parliament passed a resolution approving the charter after Mnangagwa signed it at his first AU Summit of Heads of State and Government in Kigali, Rwanda. The…

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Army, police jam Harare

ARMED military and police officers yesterday cordoned off Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) headquarters and jammed streets in Harare to prevent a possible MDC Alliance protest over the commission’s move to exclude the opposition party from talks on electoral reforms. Zec yesterday left out the MDC Alliance from its provincial stakeholder meetings, with a leaked internal memo showing that it was taking orders from an unnamed external authority. The commission is holding discussions on, among other issues, the electoral concerns, the legal framework, the electoral cycle, voter registration, delimitation and the…

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Biti Parly return blocked

The readmission of MDC Alliance vice-president Tendai Biti and five other recalled People’s Democratic Party (PDP) MPs to Parliament has been blocked again after their political adversary Benjamin Rukanda appealed the High Court judgment that reinstated the MPs at the Supreme Court. Last week, High Court judge Justice Joseph Mafusire ordered that Biti and his five colleagues be readmitted as MPs, describing Rukanda, who had recalled them purporting to be the PDP secretary-general, as a hired gun. Justice Mafusire said Rukanda had no basis to recall the MPs that include…

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