Court orders code of conduct for VPs, ministers

HIGH Court

HIGH Court decide Justice David Mangota yesterday ordered authorities to craft a legislation inside 45 days stipulating the code of conduct for Vice-Presidents, ministers and deputy ministers.

Mangota made the ruling after a former legislation pupil on the Zimbabwe Ezekiel Gutu University Nyasha Chiramba approached the court docket in April 2021 in search of the enactment of the legislation.

In his ruling, Justice Mangota directed Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs minister Ziyambi Ziyambi and Attorney-General Prince Machaya to provoke the drafting of the envisaged Bill beneath part 106(3) of the Constitution.

Mangota dominated that the legislation was lengthy overdue because the Constitution was promulgated 9 years in the past.

In court docket papers, Chiramba, who cited Ziyambi and Machaya as respondents, mentioned the duo’s failure to give you a code of conduct was a gross violation of the Constitution.

Chiramba argued that VPs, ministers and deputy ministers had been concerned in several varieties of misconduct together with sexual misconduct and abuse of State assets and there was a necessity for a legislation that controls their excesses.

“I submit that the failure by the respondents to gazette a Bill that will result in the enactment by Parliament of the legislation…inside affordable time is a transparent breach of part 324 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe and undermines the supremacy of the identical Constitution as expressed on part 2(1) and (2),” he submitted.

“In phrases of part 106(3) of the Constitution, an Act of Parliament should prescribe a code of conduct for VPs, ministers and deputy ministers. Section 106(3) reads as follows; an Act of Parliament should prescribe to a code of conduct for Vice-Presidents, ministers and deputy ministers.”

Former Vice-President Kembo Mohadi was pressured to resign in March 2021 after audios of his sexual escapades went viral.

Only final week, President Emmerson Mnangagwa fired Agriculture deputy minister Douglas Karoro following his arrest in reference to the theft of presidential agricultural inputs.

Yesterday, former Public Service minister Petronella Kagonye was convicted of corruption, and awaits sentencing right now.

Chiramba was represented by Darlington Marange of the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum.

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