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Zambians’ indifference to constitution amendment bill petition

The Zambian parliament’s decision to table a contentious bill, towards amendment of the country’s constitution, recently resulted in a lawsuit by the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ), civil society and other stakeholders, who want the bill withdrawn, saying it would make Zambia, a constitutional dictatorship with an already powerful President made even more powerful. Problematic Clauses If passed, petitioners observe, the Constitution Amendment Bill No. 10, popularly known as ‘Bill 10’, would among other provisions, enable parliament to increase the numbers of Members by simple vote, parliament would not be…

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Gambia releases draft constitution for public review

Gambians now have the chance to make input into a draft constitution that is to reform the country’s political system and way of life. On Friday the government released the document to the public for discussions and reviews. This is part of ongoing processes to get Gambia a new post-Jammeh era constitution that gives the country a fresher way of doing things. President Adama Barrow took over from former President Yahya Jammeh in 2017 but the country wants to banish any footprint of Jammeh hoping for new beginning. The current…

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Rwanda’s Supreme Court postpones Green Party case

Dr. Frank Habineza, the only opposition figure in Rwanda against the third term and possible constitutional change The Rwandan Supreme Court has agreed to postpone the Green Party v the government of Rwanda case to allow the plaintiff time to find a lawyer. The court was scheduled to hear the case Wednesday July 8 but Frank Habineza, President of the Democratic Green Party requested more time as he tries to get a lawyer in the high profile case where he is suing the government to block a possible alteration to the…

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Burundi presidential term saga balloons into regional crisis as US, Rwanda, Tanzania drawn in

Burundi president Pierre Nkurunziza has been unfazed by the international reaction to his bid for a third term. (Photo/File/Getty) Court backs controversial third term bid for Pierre Nkurunziza, stoking fears of a rapid escalation and a return to conflict. BURUNDI’s crisis this week snowballed into a major regional concern after a constitutional court backed president Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a controversial third term, even as one of the judges fled saying the decision had been made under duress. Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete on Tuesday pressed foreign ministers from the East…

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