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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Posa, Aippa have no place in democracy

Many will remember, a few years ago, how even the church became a victim of the draconian law when 80 parishioners izmbabwe ejected from holding an annual retreat at Peterhouse School near Marondera.

Everything about us, without us? Aipa possible reason might be that the request is not in the public interest. Freedom of information and privacy protection in a networked world. Rehabilitate stadiums, then shift football seasons. The Zimbabwe Media Commission is seeking to extort money from foreign media houses in an effort to fundraise for its oppressive legal mechanisms. Learn more about us. No “agent of a foreign state” may make a request s. Zombabwe Media and Information Commission is organised by a board where all members are appointed by the Minister responsible for informationafter having consulted the President.

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.

For the media to carry out the watchdog function, there needs to be robust policies and laws that enhance media freedom. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Building on your future: Against this backcloth, the question of whether Zimbabwe can be described as a constitutional State depends as much on the whether the government is indeed bound by the Constitution and whether or not the judiciary enjoys independence.


The government made use of AIPPA and the Criminal Law to prosecute critical journalists and activists during the election crisis. While freedom of information is not a reality in Zimbabwe, formally there is a well developed legislative scheme laid out in the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act AIPPA [1] that is broadly comparable to the schemes of many western democracies.

Zimbabwe also places poorly on the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index WJP rankings, as it is ranked at out of countries in all categories of constraints on government powers, absence of corruption, open government, fundamental rights, order and security, regulatory enforcement, civil and criminal justice.

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The unravelling of President Buhari. More controversially, the AIPPA not only acts as an access to information law, but also as a means to control the press. 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.

Posa, Aippa have no place in democracy – NewsDay Zimbabwe

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].

Foreign nationals and agencies as well as unregistered mass media are excluded.

Zimpost revenue dips on working capital constraints. Any person can make a request provided that they are citizens, zimhabwe residents, holders of temporary employment permits, students or registered media agents. The opposition had, at the time, seen its catastrophic effects and one would have hoped its repealing was a given. Tragic end to church outing. Varun Beverages ups output to meet growing demand.

In this context, terms such as public morality are not further defined. The citizenry share legally-based civil liberties and can use the courts to seek recourse.


Land and Natural Resources. Documentaire FSMTunis. Zimbabwe, as a country, cannot embrace Posa and Aippa and still fall under the banner of a constitutional democracy.

With the agreement of the Media and Information Commission, a government body created by the Act and responsible for administering powers under it, this period may be alppa beyond 30 days s. While aspects of the scheme may appear well developed compared to the majority of African states that are yet to legislate on FOI, the reality is quite different.

Zimbabwe to review Aippa? A public body must respond to a request “as soon as is reasonably possible” and at least within 30 days of receiving the request 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 aippa of 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 zimbsbwe freedom of expression, according to an alert from the Media Institute of Southern Africa.

Darch and Underwood have made similar comments to the effect that “[t]he inclusion of Zimbabwe in any list of countries with freedom of information legislation would be highly ironic”[8]. In practice, commentators have tended to agree that the dominant function of the body has been censorship. The Forum, therefore, calls on the government of Zimbabwe to: