Rule Of Law In Zimbabwe

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policies which affect their lives. The people have a right to a controlling influence over public decisions and decision-makers, and that they should be treated with equal respect and as of equal worth in the context of such decisions. 3.2 Rule of Law The rule of law is one of the principles in terms of mapping democratic governance. Despite having elections, there should be a rule of law for everyone to be answerable to it. The 6 participants coined the rule of law as one of the thriving factors of a democratic government. One of the participants was of the view that, the; “Rule of law is a vital tool in mapping democratic governance” Impunity can lead to a magnitude human rights abuses or even genocide, as happened in Rwanda and within Zimbabwe,…show more content…
In line with Zimbabwean elections post independence, the government has violated these principles. Zinyama (2012) purports that, Zimbabwe was held responsible for bad governance particularly by the West which was concerned about lack of; government accountability, transparency and rule of law, respect of human rights particularly from the late 1990s to the present. Bond and Manyanya (2003), in Zinama, (2014) further assert that, the situation increasingly declined following the formation of Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in September 1999. They identified; the No Vote to the Draft Zimbabwe Constitutional Referendum in the year 2000, the 2000 general elections, 2002 Presidential elections, 2005 Parliamentary elections, 2005 operation Murambatsvina (cleanup operation), 2008 harmonised elections and the 27 June 2008 Presidential run-off between President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai as the most memorable epochs of human rights violation. Therefore, the ZANU PF government despite giving the Zimbabwean people to participate in issues of governance through elections, it has failed to uphold some of the…show more content…
Elections in Zimbabwe especially those of 2008 have been characterised by electoral violence. Thus, through this violence, many people in Zimbabwe before elections, have been exposed to lack of interest in voting, thus, being unable to vote. Chikerema, (2014) is of the view that, the ideological conflict between Zimbabwe African Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) and the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)’s concept of multiparty democracy has breed violence and in the process divide traditional communities against political lines. Sibanda (2013) notes, there has been lack of electoral integrity in Zimbabwe, despite five elections in the last 13 years. Many oppressive regimes now hold elections, but these contests often lack integrity and generate legal disputes, reduced public confidence in democracy, thus, triggers outright violence and

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