New law on se­nior judges angers crit­ics of Mu­gabe

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

A bill al­low­ing Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe to ap­point se­nior judges sparked out­rage yes­ter­day from Zim­bab­wean op­po­si­tion and ac­tivists who said it marked a new power-grab by the au­thor­i­tar­ian govern­ment. The law, which was passed by the lower house on Tues­day, is the first amend­ment to the 2013 con­sti­tu­tion, adopted four years ago by pop­u­lar vote. “It’s a frontal at­tack on the rule of law,” op­po­si­tion Move­ment for Demo­cratic Change (MDC) leg­is­la­tor and con­sti­tu­tional law ex­pert Jessie Ma­jome told AFP. “You can’t have a bill to con­cen­trate power with the pres­i­dent when the public voted to democra­tise the process. This is the be­gin­ning of the end of the new con­sti­tu­tion.”

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