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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That a High Court decision can be described as brave in the first place indicates the deep-seated fear in Zimbabwe. This page was last edited on 28 Augustat THE ban on demonstrations and the subsequent overturning of the decision by the High Court produces a glimmer of hope that Zimbabwe, to an extent, has an autonomous judiciary. Due to the non-transparent nature of the Information and Media Commission it is rather difficult to gather reliable data regarding the number of people who were granted access to information under AIPPA.

In practice, commentators have tended to agree that the dominant function of the body has been censorship. Globalizations Special Forum on Samir Amin’s proposal for a 5th international. Leave this field blank. Find us on Google Maps. Teachers demand Ncube resignation newsday December 31, Bindura Ran Mine employees resist eviction newsday November 20, Bindura town came to a standstill as residents and employees of Ran mine staged a rare protest against pending evictions by insensitive According to the World Press Freedom Index ofZimbabwe is ranked out of countries, with the beating, wrongful arrests and threats against journalists being cited.

From union renewal to a self-managed society: Against this backcloth, the question of whether Zimbabwe can be described as a constitutional State depends as much on the whether the government is indeed bound by the Constitution and whether or not the judiciary enjoys independence. Zimbabwean law Zimbabwean legislation in Zimbabwe in law.

Retrieved from ” https: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Economy on road to recovery: In a constitutional State, the power of the State is limited in order to protect citizens from the capricious exercise of authority. Any person can make a request provided that they are citizens, permanent residents, holders of temporary employment permits, students or registered media agents.


Aippx this context, terms such as public morality are not further defined. What information do you look for in Pambazuka News? The challenge of high expectations in Liberia. Documentaire FSMTunis. The exemptions under the AIPPA can be divided into the absolute, and those that give heads of public bodies discretion.

Chiwenga Tragic end to church outing. A government, under constitutionalism, derives its power from and is limited by a body of fundamental law. While aspects of the scheme may appear well developed compared to the majority of African states that are yet to legislate on FOI, the reality is quite different.

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While freedom of information is not a reality in Zimbabwe, formally there is a well developed legislative scheme laid out in the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act AIPPA [1] that is broadly comparable to the schemes of many western democracies. Generally speaking it is difficult to get an accurate picture of the number of people who use the AIPPA to access government information, as the Commission is responsible for implementing the regime, and it is far from transparent itself.

A public body must respond to a request “as soon as is reasonably possible” and at least aipppa 30 days of receiving aimbabwe request s. FC Platinum learn fate. Tragic end to church outing. Views Read Edit View history. The AIPPA shall provide a legal framework for the access and conduct of requesting information from public bodies and privacy as well as for the regulation of mass media by the establishment of a Media and Information Commission.

In terms of regulation, AIPPA restricts the ownership or shareholding of mass media services to anyone other than Zimbabwean citizens or permanent residents.

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In his ai;pa of global systems of FOI inDavid Banisar found only one example of the political opposition making use of the AIPPA[6], and far from enforcing principles of transparency, The Media and Information Commission is government agency widely regarded as enforcing censorship.


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Building on your future: In Zimbabwe, freedom of the media is guaranteed by Sections 61 and 62 of the Constitution, which protect the right to free expression, media freedom and access to information.

The unravelling of President Buhari. Posa and Aippa are indeed alien to the democratic society that we all seek and the abrogation of these unconstitutional laws is long overdue. Govt, doctors in crunch meeting. With the agreement of the Media and Information Commission, a government body created by the Act and responsible for administering powers under it, this period may be extended beyond 30 days s.

Zimbabwe, as a country, cannot embrace Posa and Aippa and still fall under the banner of a constitutional democracy. Village reflections and dearth of the reading culture. Teachers demand Ncube resignation.

Posa, Aippa have no place in democracy

Zimbabwe to review Aippa? Under the current Constitution, there can be no two ways: In any democracy, the role of the press is critical as it fulfills its normative roles of educating, entertaining and informing citizens such aipp they can make informed decisions about their zibmabwe.

Many will remember, a few years ago, how even the church became a victim of the draconian law when 80 parishioners were ejected from holding an annual retreat at Peterhouse School near Marondera.

This period can be extended for an additional 30 days where the applicant did not give sufficient detail to locate the information, where meeting zimbxbwe deadline 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.