Critically Examine the Extent of Which the Rule of Law

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Critically examine the extent to which the Rule of Law (ROL) has been implemented in Zimbabwe in an attempt to resolve conflicts and peace making in the Government of National Unity (GNU)
The term Rule of Law (ROL) has been defined differently by different scholars hence the varying interpretations and interpretations and implementation by different governments. It is against this background that this monograph would like to examine the extent to which the ROL has been implemented in Zimbabwe from 2000 to date in an attempt to resolve the conflict in the Government of National Unity (GNU). A conceptual analysis of the terms ROL, conflict resolution and GNU will be made.
Conceptual Analysis
The term Rule of Law (ROL) is a complex and dicey
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Local newspapers are full of reports of torture and arrests of MDC formation members (Members of Parliament and Supporters). Some have been arrested for reporting violence perpetrated by the ZANUPF supporters on them. For example, News Day of Monday March 28, 2011 had its headline ‘Minister Goes Into Hiding’ the Minister referred is the Home Affairs co-minister Theresa Makone of MDC-T. The police who wanted to arrest her and her subordinates Elton Mangoma-Minister of Power Development and Energy- was arrested by junior during the month of March. For a crime he was discharged from-abuse of his office.
Article X on Free Political Activity states that the parties agreed to ensure free political activity throughout Zimbabwe within ambit of the law in which all political parties are able to probagate their views and canvas for support, free of harassment and intimidation. This agreement seems not to be upheld. Only the former ruling party ZANUPF can hold political meetings or demonstrations at any place at any time. The other parties do not inform but request for permission to hold any other gatherings are turned down by the police. During the month of March 2011 a number of rallies that were supposed to be held by the two MDC formations were ‘stopped’ by the police. On Sunday 10 April 2011 the police refused the MDC-T from holding a provincial meeting in Bulawayo metropolitan police did not have ‘manpower’ to provide security.
Article XII, 11.1 highlights
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