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The judiciary enjoys the independence and impartiality guaranteed by the country’s Constitution when performing their duties in various courts, Deputy Chief Justice Luke Malaba has said. Deputy Chief Justice Malaba said this in Harare last Friday during the official launch of a book titled “A Constitutional Law Guide Towards Understanding Zimbabwe’s Fundamental Socio-Economic and Cultural Human Rights” co-authored by Mr Justice Mavedzenge and Mr Douglas Coltart.

The event was attended by diplomatic missions, judges, lawyers, University of Cape Town’s Professor Hugh Corder, members of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), representatives of the European Union, Zimbabwe Human Rights Organisation (ZimRights) among others.

“The judiciary in Zimbabwe enjoys the independence and impartiality guaranteed to them by the country’s Constitution when performing their duties. They understand they are required to be free and decide cases in terms of the law. They are human beings and can make mistakes, errors and wrong decisions sometimes,” he said.

Deputy Chief Justice Malaba hailed the book saying it would enable people to understand the Constitution with ease.

“The timing of the book is significant and comes at a time when the economic and cultural rights were recognised as fundamental rights in the new Constitution which was not recognised in the former Constitution. It will create the understanding of the trends and socio-economic rights in our Constitution.

“They are by nature the rights that guarantee the enjoyment of the civil and political rights,” he said.

Mr Coltart said the book would address everyday rights to people which are an everyday need.

Mr Mavedzenge said the book would assist people to know more about the Constitution and be used for sound litigation in the courts.

ZimRights national chairman Mr Everson Ndhlovu said the book will be translated into the country’s 16 official languages.

“The book will be read by students, professionals, judges, villagers and ordinary citizens. We endeavour to ensure that this book is taken a step beyond the English version and is translated into all 16 of the country’s official languages for wider reach,” he said.

Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission chairperson Mr Elasto Mugwadi said the book would expand the current limited jurisprudence which is on socio-economic and cultural rights.

Source : The Herald

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