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Constitutional Law re: Separation of Powers, Accountability and Disputes Between the Arms of State

HH36-08 : MASIMBA KUCHERA and MICHAEL MUZA and TAFADZWA RUGOHO vs MINSTER OF JUSTICE, LEGAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS
Ruled By: GUVAVA J

This matter was filed as an urgent chamber application in terms of Rule 241 of the High Court Rules. The applicants were seeking the following urgent relief:“Pending the confirmation or discharge of the provisional order, the following provisional order is granted:1. The Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) (Amendment of Electoral Act) ...
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HH46-08 : PATRICK CHABVAMUPERU and OHERS vs EDMOND JACOB and OTHERS
Ruled By: MAKARAU JP

The hearing of argument on the preliminary points arising from this election petition was consolidated with hearings in seven other cases as the issues raised in all eight petitions were similar to a large extent and may very well call for the application of the same legal principle.In three of ...
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HH23-12 : AUSTIN ZVOMA vs LOVEMORE MOYO N.O. and NOMALANGA KHUMALO N.O .and BRIAN TSHUMA N.O. and SHEPPARD MUSHONGA N.O. and EDNA MADZONGWE N.O. and WILLIAS MADZIMURE N.O. and LYNETTE KARENYI N.O.
Ruled By: BERE J

On 12 December 2011, the applicant filed an application in this court under Case No. HC12336/11 seeking a prohibitory interdict against the respondents.The remedy sought was to prevent the respondents from moving or accepting any motion from any member of the House of Assembly to dismiss the applicant without the ...
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Appealed
SC28-10 : JONATHAN MOYO and MOSES NDLOVU and PATRICK DUBE and SIYABONGA NCUBE vs AUSTIN ZVOMA N.O., CLERK OF PARLIAMENT and LOVEMORE MOYO
Ruled By: CHIDYAUSIKU CJ, MALABA DCJ, SANDURA JA, ZIYAMBI JA and GARWE JA

Section 39 of the Constitution, as read with Standing Order 6, has directed that the Clerk shall conduct an election of a Speaker by secret ballot but has not provided what should be the consequence of the non-compliance with this peremptory direction by Parliament.This Court recently had occasion to deal ...
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Appealed
SC28-10 : JONATHAN MOYO and MOSES NDLOVU and PATRICK DUBE and SIYABONGA NCUBE vs AUSTIN ZVOMA N.O., CLERK OF PARLIAMENT and LOVEMORE MOYO
Ruled By: CHIDYAUSIKU CJ, MALABA DCJ, SANDURA JA, ZIYAMBI JA and GARWE JA

The principle of law to be applied is that where an enactment imposes an obligation but is silent as to the remedy to be awarded for disobedience, a court must ascertain, from the language by which the obligation is imposed, whether it is the intention of the Legislature that nullification ...
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Appealed
SC28-10 : JONATHAN MOYO and MOSES NDLOVU and PATRICK DUBE and SIYABONGA NCUBE vs AUSTIN ZVOMA N.O., CLERK OF PARLIAMENT and LOVEMORE MOYO
Ruled By: CHIDYAUSIKU CJ, MALABA DCJ, SANDURA JA, ZIYAMBI JA and GARWE JA

CHIDYAUSIKU CJ: This is an appeal against the judgment of the High Court wherein PATEL J dismissed the appellants' application to have set aside the election of the second respondent as the Speaker of Parliament (hereinafter referred to as "the Speaker").The appellants, as the applicants in the court a quo, ...
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HH01-09 : CONSTANTINOS BAKARIS vs GEORGE KATTAVENOS
Ruled By: KUDYA J

Courts have adopted a conservative approach to the question of determining the true economic value of money because they defer to the Executive branch of Government the formulation of economic policy. The Prescribed Rate of Interest Act [Chapter 8:10] is one piece of legislation which empowers the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to revalorize ...
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HH28-10 : JONATHAN MOYO and MOSES NDLOVU and PATRICK DUBE and SIYABONGA NCUBE vs AUSTIN ZVOMA N.O. CLERK OF PARLIAMENT OF ZIMBABWE and LOVEMORE MOYO
Ruled By: PATEL J

The applicants in this matter are all duly elected Members of Parliament. The first respondent is the Clerk of Parliament, cited herein in his official capacity.The second respondent was elected to the position of Speaker of the House of Assembly on the 25th of August 2008.The applicants challenge the validity ...
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Appealed
HH86-11 : MOVEN KUFA and THE VOICE FOR DEMOCRACY TRUST vs THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE N.O and THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE N.O and OTHERS
Ruled By: CHIWESHE JP

In any event the figures envisaged under Article 20.1.6(5) have not been outrageously exceeded given the complexity of Government administration. Further, the proportion of representation as among the three parties remains largely the same. An anomaly has admittedly arisen, but, in my view, that anomaly does not warrant the grant of the order sought. In any ...
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