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Zimbabwe: Presidential Decree on Police at the Polls Challenged in Court

(Apr. 2, 2008) An opposition party in Zimbabwe is challenging a presidential decree that allows police presence in polling stations. The decree was issued two months after an electoral reform that bans police from coming closer than a 100-meter distance from a polling station was made in consultation with the opposition to ensure the privacy […]

Zimbabwe: Indigenization and Empowerment Act

(Apr. 2, 2008) President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe signed into law the Indigenization and Empowerment Act on March 7, 2008. The Act requires foreign-owned companies to offer at least 51 percent of their shares to indigenous Zimbabweans, according to news reports. It is unclear whether the mining industry is covered by the Act, Joseph Malaba, […]

Zimbabwe: Abuse of Power

(Jan. 2, 2008) As reported by the Associated Press on December 16, 2007, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has suspended Sobusa Gula-Ndebele from his post as the attorney general in connection with a case of a fugitive banker who is wanted for alleged currency offenses. Mugabe also formed a tribunal to investigate the attorney general. […]

Zimbabwe: Proposal to Amend Security and Media Laws

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 18, 2007, Zimbabwe's government introduced proposed amendments to the laws on security and on the media. The changes were introduced in Parliament by Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa, as part of a political deal involving the ruling ZANU-PF Party and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). The opposition has criticized […]

Zimbabwe: Election Laws Amendment Bill

(Dec. 2, 2007) Upon reconvening on November 20, 2007, the Parliament of Zimbabwe was to consider, among other legislation, an Electoral Laws Amendment Bill that would establish the framework for the March 2008 joint presidential, parliamentary, and municipal elections. Critics contend that the bill is aimed at furthering President Robert Mugabe's re-election bid and may […]