THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF ZIMBABWE’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL APPROACH OF APPLYING RULES OF LOCUS STANDI

Authors

  • DR JUSTICE ALFRED MAVEDZENGE

Abstract

This paper examines the rationality and legality of the rule of locus standi introduced by the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe to the effect that no litigant is allowed to act in more than one capacity of locus standi in one matter. This rule was initially suggested in Mudzuru v Minister of Justice and was crystallised in Samuel Sipepa Nkomo v Minister of Local Government. When evaluated against the provisions of section 46 and section 85 of the Constitution, this rule is inconsistent with the liberal approach to determining locus standi and is therefore ultra vires the Constitution. At a conceptual level, this rule is untenable and irrational as it is  contradictory to the theoretical foundations upon which the constitutional idea of judicial review is based. It is also inconsistent with the trajectory set by the same Court in its very first case of Jealous Mawarire v Robert Mugabe.

UNIVERSITY OF ZIMBABWE

Published

2020-07-02