Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum – Case Alert

Student files court application for code of conduct to regulate senior government officials

A Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University (ZEGU) law student, Nyasha Chiramba, has taken the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Honourable Ziyambi Ziyambi and the Attorney General, Prince Machaya, to court demanding that they immediately facilitate a process for the enactment of a law that prescribes a code of conduct for senior government officials.

The court application follows the widespread circulation of audio recordings alleging the manipulation of subordinate women for sexual favours by former Vice President Kembo Mohadi. Section 106 (3) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No.20) Act, 2013 requires the regulation of the conduct of Vice Presidents, Ministers and Deputy Ministers.

In his founding affidavit, Chiramba lamented the inordinate delay of almost eight years since the Constitution was promulgated. He cited various incidences of dismissal including that of a Vice President and Ministers on allegations at times described as conduct inappropriate.

The failure to have a code to describe the conduct leaves one at the mercy of the appointing authority. Chiramba is represented by the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum.

Source: Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum

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