Playing Politics with the Judiciary and the Constitution?

23 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2018

See all articles by D.Tinashe Hofisi

D.Tinashe Hofisi

University of Wisconsin Madison

Geoff Feltoe


Date Written: March 1, 2017


This paper provides an overview of the tangled political machinations that have taken place in relation to the appointment of a new Chief Justice of the Republic of Zimbabwe. It draws from comments made by various organizations and individuals and compares the mooted constitutional amendment bill with regional and international standards.

The most senior member of the judiciary, the Chief Justice, must be appointed purely on merit and this appointment must not be influenced by political considerations. It is therefore highly regrettable that there appear to have been political manipulation to try to influence this process. This could have extremely damaging consequences for the integrity and independence of the judiciary in Zimbabwe.

Suggested Citation

Hofisi, David and Feltoe, Geoff, Playing Politics with the Judiciary and the Constitution? (March 1, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

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Geoff Feltoe

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