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Crisis Coalition regrets efforts by the state to derail constitutionalism

Chief Justice Luke Malaba (pictured) tenure extension has sparked debate on Constitutionalism

The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) notes with great concern, the concerted efforts by the state to derail constitutionalism in the country.

On May 15, 2021, Justice Minister,  Ziyambi Ziyambi issued ‘contemptuous threats’ against judges following a ruling to the effect that former Chief Justice, Luke Malaba could not benefit from a constitutional amendment to extend his tenure of office, the CIZC reported.

The Crisis Coalition reiterates its concern on the unpatriotic and illegal process of the passing of both Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Amendments No.1 and 2 respectively.

 

“The annihilation of the constitution for purposes of consolidating authoritarian rule and creating an Imperial Presidency will be resisted. Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi’s display of unbridled impunity in his statement is an indictment on his professional status and a sad moment for constitutionalism. As the Coalition, we implore the State to respect the independence of the judiciary and desist from coercing the courts to pass judgments that support authoritarian interests.

“Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition stands in solidarity with civil society organisations and Zimbabweans at large in fighting entrenchment of dictatorship through amendments to the constitution. On our part, we are determined to push for the Zimbabwe Constitutional Watch to promote and demand a culture of constitutionalism in the country,” CiZC said in a statement published today.

Even against Ziyambi’s threats to “poke the judiciary’s eyes”, CiZC said it joins the judiciary, war veterans, workers, students, faith-based organisations, women’s groups, youths, the business sector, and other patriotic Zimbabweans in support of constitutionalism.

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Byron Adonis Mutingwende