TWO decisions form the highlight of the Jifa newsletter this week, one from Uganda and the other from Seychelles. Though they deal with very different facts, they are linked in that both show the judiciary wrestling with a difficult problem: what should be the relationship between judges and the body established to ensure their accountability and discipline? In Uganda the highest court ruled that judges must submit themselves to the discipline of this body; in the Seychelles the constitutional court said there was no need for a judge to be given a hearing before a dispute was referred to a tribunal.
DGRU’s Justice Mavedzenge is challenging the constitutionality of not giving visually impaired voters the right to cast their vote in secret or by secret ballot in the upcoming Zimbabwe elections . Read more here....
The Southern and Eastern African Chief Justices Forum has made a public statement over the plans to remove the Chief Justice of Lesotho from her office. Read the full statement HERE.