Public Consultations On Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment Bill Number 2

Starting today (15 June) to the 19th of June 2020, the Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Portfolio Committee of the Parliament of Zimbabwe will be conducting public hearings to solicit input from citizens on the proposed Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment Bill Number 2.

Below we set out 10 key issues that the proposed constitutional amendment seeks to revise.

  1. Dispense the “running-mate” concept of the Vice-Presidency. Instead, the 2 Vice-Presidents will be chosen on the President’s own authority (Clauses 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8)

  2. Address the question of succession to the Presidency (given that the Vice-Presidents will not be elected as running mates if the proposed amendments are approved) - Clause 9

  3. The President upon adoption of the amendment will be able to appoint up to 7 (instead of 5) additional Ministers from outside Parliament (Clause 10).

  4. The Bill proposes an extension to the provision for the party-list women members of the National Assembly by another two extra Parliaments (from 2 to 4 Parliaments), and makes provision for the party-list representation of youths in the National Assembly (Clause 11).

  5. The Bill proposes the de-coupling of ZEC’s delimitation function from the population census held every 10 years (Clause 12).

  6. The Bill proposes that the President acting on the recommendation of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) will appoint sitting judges to vacancies in the higher courts, without subjecting them to the public interview procedure (Clause 13).

  7. The Bill proposes that Judges of the Constitutional Court and Supreme Court may extend their tenure after reaching the age of 70 annually for up to 5 years, subject to a favourable medical report as to the mental and physical fitness of the judge (Close 14).

***Currently Judges of the superior courts must retire at the age of 70.

8.The Bill proposes the creation of the office of the Public Protector, who will take over certain functions concerning public maladministration, etc, from the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (Clauses 17 and 18)

  1. The Bill provides for the appointment of the Prosecutor-General by the President on the advice of the JSC, without the intervention of a public interview procedure, and makes special provision for his or her removal for cause by a Tribunal (Clause 19).

  2. The Bill proposes the removal of members of Parliament from the membership of provincial councils and merges the provisions relating to provincial and metropolitan councils by removing the special provisions relating to the latter (they will no longer be chaired by mayors, but be elected in terms of section 272 like provincial councils), and provide for the election of 10 of the members of Metropolitan Councils by a system of party-list proportional representation (Clauses 20, 21, 22 and 25).

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Hey @paulsixpence,

I was on Twitter and noticed that your post above was shared by a young Zimbabwean activist named Namatai Kwekweza. I thought maybe you knew her, but I didn’t see you as one of your followers/.

Hi McKinley, I know Namatai. I first met her in Botswana in 2018 at an African Union organised high-level regional youth consultation on addressing corruption in Africa. It could just be an oversight that we are yet to follow each other on Twitter. Many thanks for highlighting this and will be connecting with her on Twitter :smile: