AIPPA – Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. ACDEG – The ZANU-PF- Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front. ZEC – Zimbabwe. The twin statutes of Posa and the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Aippa) have no place whatsoever in a democracy. The first independent constitution of Zimbabwe, that came into force in , sets out a The AIPPA also makes provisions for a system of proactive publication.

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Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Zimbabwe) – Wikipedia

It is supposed that Zimbabwe is a constitutional State and, therefore, becomes imperative that the concept of constitutionalism is well grasped. In this context, terms such as public morality are not further defined.

THE ban on demonstrations and the subsequent overturning of the decision by the High Court produces a glimmer of hope that Zimbabwe, to an extent, has an autonomous judiciary. In his comparative study of FOI regimes, Stanley Tromp indicted the legislation on the grounds that “[its] main purpose is to suppress free speech by requiring journalists to register and prohibiting the ‘abuse of free expression'”[7].

However, these 30 days can be extended on the grounds of various reasons with the agreement of the Media and Information Commission. This period can be extended for an additional 30 days where the applicant did not give sufficient detail to locate the information, where meeting the deadline will unreasonably interfere with the operations of the public body, or where time is required to consult third parties who would be affected by release.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In fact, it befuddles any legal mind why a repulsive law like Posa, which can be manipulated to arrest anyone for anything, was not repealed during the Government of National Unity. Posa and Aippa are manifestly against the spirit and letter of the Constitution, which expressly guarantees to citizens the very things the laws seek to throttle. Edcon to up stake in Zim Edgars Stores.

In terms of entitlement, only citizens of Zimbabwepermanently residents or holders of temporary employment, residence permit or students permit are eligible to make a request. Protection, Patronage or Plunder? The Forum Member organisations.

In most FOI systems, public interest weighs in favour of releasing information, but in the Zimbabwean legislation, it is used as a reason to withold information s.



A constitutional State is, therefore, one in which the exercise of governmental power is constrained by the law and this concept is very much an integral part of the rule of law. Views Read Edit View history. Any person can make a request provided that they are citizens, permanent residents, holders of temporary employment zimbabqe, students or registered media agents. DeMbare in Xmas shopping. The Forum, therefore, calls on the government of Zimbabwe to: Information gathering difficulties and small numbers of successful requests can be contrasted with high numbers of independent newspapers being shut down and journalists arrested in the aftermaths of AIPPA.

In his study of global systems of FOI inDavid Banisar found only one example of the political opposition making use of the AIPPA[6], and far from enforcing principles of transparency, The Media and Information Commission is government agency widely regarded as enforcing censorship. According to the World Press Freedom Index ofZimbabwe is ranked out of countries, with the beating, wrongful arrests and threats against journalists being cited.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Where a request is refused, the applicant may make an appeal to the Commission s. Zimbabwe, as a country, cannot embrace Posa and Aippa and still fall under the banner of a constitutional democracy. In practice, commentators have tended to agree that the dominant function of the body has been censorship.

In the former category, information relating to the deliberations of cabinet and its committees, policy formation, client-attorney privilege, national security and law enforcement can always be witheld. In a constitutional State, the power of the State is limited in order to protect citizens from the capricious exercise of authority. The first independent constitution of Zimbabwe, that came into force insets out a legal basis for FOI when it provides for the” freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference” s.

The Citizen, the state and models of openness” Due to the non-transparent nature of the Information and Media Commission it is rather difficult to gather reliable data regarding the number of people who were granted access to information under AIPPA.

The AIPPA shall provide a legal framework for the access and conduct of requesting information from public bodies and privacy as well as for the regulation of mass media by the establishment of a Media and Information Commission.

Public Order and Security Act (Zimbabwe)

While freedom of information is not a reality in Zimbabwe, formally zi,babwe is a well developed legislative scheme laid out in the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act AIPPA [1] that is zimgabwe comparable to the schemes of many western democracies.


Two Years On’ www. The AIPPA also makes provisions for a system of proactive publication, whereby a public body must release information, whether requested or not, if it relates to a risk of significant harm to the health or safety of members of the public, the risk of significant harm to the environment, a matter of national security, or in a range of other eventualities s.

Log in or register to post comments reads. The invoking of the Public Order and Security Act Posaa piece of legislation brought inwhich gave untold powers to the police, has, for long, been seen as an assault on human rights.

While it is understandable why government would rush to revive a section of Posa through a statutory instrument, its actions are patently disproportionate to the concept of constitutionalism, which Zimbabwe assumes. In any democracy, the role of the press is critical as it fulfills its normative roles of educating, entertaining and informing citizens such that they can make informed decisions about their lives.

The Commission is conflicted by its nature, as it is not only responsible for hearing appeals about public bodies’ refusals to release information, but also prosecuting journalists for failure to register, or for publishing articles that fall foul of the Act.

Every institution must be subject to the Constitution. Among the more high profile actions under AIPPA have been that which led to the the closing down of The Daily News, a popular newspaper critical of the government, in Will Africa welcome a change in US foreign assistance? Tragic end to church outing. Now, if we define Zimbabwe as a State in which the Constitution reigns supreme, every legal person ought to be bound by the law.

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The government of Zimbabwe is reportedly reviewing the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act AIPPAin the wake of intense criticism and condemnation of Zimbabwe’s dented human rights record and suppression of freedom of expression, according to an alert from the Media Institute of Southern Africa. Varun Beverages ups output to meet zimbbabwe demand. ZCTU, why spare Byo council over rates hike.