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AIPPA – Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. ACDEG – The ZANU-PF- Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front. ZEC – Zimbabwe. The twin statutes of Posa and the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Aippa) have no place whatsoever in a democracy. The first independent constitution of Zimbabwe, that came into force in , sets out a The AIPPA also makes provisions for a system of proactive publication.

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Zlmbabwe Years On’ www. In his comparative study of FOI regimes, Stanley Tromp indicted the legislation on the grounds that “[its] main purpose is to suppress free speech by requiring journalists to register and prohibiting the ‘abuse of free expression'”[7]. Where are modern day Tongogaras?

The grouping of 18 opposition political parties — under the banner National Electoral Reform Agenda — zimbxbwe is fighting for the repealing of these repressive laws is, therefore, on the right path.

Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Zimbabwe) – Wikipedia

Zimbabwean law Zimbabwean legislation in Aip;a in law. The exemptions under the AIPPA can be divided into the absolute, and those that give heads of public bodies discretion.

Protection, Patronage or Plunder? The right to demonstrate is unreservedly granted in the Bill of Rights and it is a simple legal fact that a statute cannot override the Bill of Rights. In practice, commentators have tended to agree that the dominant function of the body has been censorship.

Views Read Edit View history. It is supposed that Zimbabwe is a constitutional State and, therefore, becomes imperative that the concept of constitutionalism is well grasped. A patronage, merit alchemy? African Women’s Engagement in Trade Agreements. The first independent constitution sippa Zimbabwe, that came into force insets out a legal basis for FOI when it provides for the” freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference” s.

Zimmbabwe restrictive provisions of AIPPA aipap POSA Align all media laws with the Constitution Allow for self-regulation of the Media Repeal criminal defamation laws, which curtail freedom of the media Licence community radio stations to enhance access to information Protect journalists in the line aip;a their work, especially with zjmbabwe impending harmonised elections We hold the firm belief that media freedom is a Constitutional right and should be respected.


Govt, doctors in crunch meeting. A constitutional State is, therefore, one in which the exercise of governmental power is constrained by the law and this concept is very much an integral part of the rule of law. Posa and Aippa are manifestly against the spirit and letter of the Constitution, which expressly guarantees to citizens the very things the laws seek to throttle.

It is heartening that their High Court chamber application was successful, leading to the overturning of the ban. Find us on Google Maps. In the former category, information relating to the deliberations of cabinet and its committees, policy formation, client-attorney privilege, national security and law enforcement can always be witheld.

That a High Court decision can be described as brave in the first place indicates the deep-seated fear in Zimbabwe. aipppa

Teachers demand Ncube resignation. The Commission is conflicted by its nature, as it is not only responsible for hearing appeals about public bodies’ refusals to release information, but also prosecuting journalists for failure to register, or for publishing articles that fall foul of the Act. Retrieved from ximbabwe https: Zimbabwe to review Aippa? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Forum Member organisations. Any application made under ATI legislation is subject to fees that cover the costs of obtaining access or services rendered in connection to providing access, but may not extend beyond these costs s.

The unravelling of President Buhari. In Zimbabwe, freedom of the media is guaranteed by Sections 61 and 62 of the Constitution, izmbabwe protect the right to free expression, media freedom and access to information. Illicit financial flows thwart human rights and development in Africa. Now, if we define Zimbabwe as a State in which the Constitution reigns supreme, every legal person ought to be bound by the law. As with much Zimbabwean law, this provision appears formally stronger than it is in reality, but the basis for a right of access does appear in the rights provisions of the Constitution.

This period can be extended for an additional 30 days where the applicant did not give sufficient detail to locate the information, where meeting the zijbabwe will unreasonably interfere with the operations of the public body, or where time is required to consult third parties who would be affected by release. Economy on road to recovery: Freedom of information and privacy protection in a networked world.


Information gathering difficulties and small numbers of successful requests can be contrasted with high numbers of independent newspapers being shut down and journalists arrested in the aftermaths of AIPPA. Every institution must be subject to the Constitution. The government made use of AIPPA and the Criminal Law to prosecute critical journalists and activists during the election crisis.

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Posa, Aippa have no place in democracy

Tragic end to church outing. In any democracy, the role of the press is critical as it fulfills its zimbxbwe roles of educating, entertaining and informing citizens such that they can make informed decisions about their lives. In fact, it befuddles any legal mind why a repulsive law like Posa, which can be manipulated to arrest anyone for anything, was not repealed during the Government of National Unity.

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While it is understandable why government would rush to revive a section of Posa through a statutory instrument, its actions are patently disproportionate to the concept of constitutionalism, which Zimbabwe assumes.

In this context, terms such as public morality are not further defined. In his study of global systems aoppa FOI inDavid Banisar found only one example of the political opposition making zimbabw of the AIPPA[6], and far from enforcing principles of transparency, The Media and Information Commission is government agency widely regarded as enforcing censorship. Zimbabwe, as a country, cannot embrace Posa and Aippa and still fall under the banner of a constitutional democracy.

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The invoking of the Public Order and Security Act Posaa piece of legislation brought inwhich gave untold powers to the police, has, for long, been seen as an zimbabae on human rights. For the purposes of the scheme, “all records in the custody or under zimbabee control of a public body” s. A government, under constitutionalism, derives its power from and is limited by a body of fundamental law. Learn more about us.