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Election Watch Issue 8 - 2012
The Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe
August 03, 2012
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month's top stories
News on several
landmark rulings by the country's courts were the most significant
political developments during July.
Among them was
a Supreme Court judgment ordering President Mugabe to urgently hold
by-elections in three Matabeleland House
of Assembly constituencies and a resolution by the same court
to uphold Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's decision to take
Mugabe to the High Court challenging him for unilaterally appointing
the country's 10 provincial governors.
In other interesting
rulings, the media reported the conviction of a senior police officer,
Chief Superintendent Joseph Chani, in Mutare of one count of murder
and three counts of assault, and three policewomen in Bulawayo for
conduct amounting to torture. These two cases appeared to vindicate
complaints that the police use torture or other cruel, inhuman and
degrading treatment or punishment on suspects.
And in a review
of an earlier culpable homicide court ruling, High Court Judge Justice
Nicholas Mathonsi condemned the police and the Gokwe regional court
for being partisan in their handling of a case involving 13 ZANU
PF activists who, in 2001, set up a torture base in Gokwe where
they terrorized suspected MDC supporters and ended up brutally killing
two people. Apart from these court rulings, news that the Constitutional
Parliamentary Select Committee (Copac) had produced a final draft
of the proposed new constitution also competed for the media's
attention, together with the presentation
of the Mid-Term Budget by Finance Minister Tendai Biti.
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