CALR in collaboration with Solusi University delivers a Public Lecture

CALR in collaboration with Solusi University coordinated the delivery of a public lecture with support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on 17 November2016. The public lecture was delivered by former Judge of the Bulawayo High Court, Justice Nick Ndou under the topic ‘The role of Judiciary in protecting and promoting the rule of law in Zimbabwe.

This public lecture forms part of a series of public lectures that have been organized by CALR in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands under the thematic area of the Rule of Law. One of the main objectives of the Public Lecture series is to steer discussion among legal practitioners, academics, students, civil society organizations and the general public on issues that pertain to the rule of law. To this end, the first lecture was hosted at Alliance Francaise de Harare, the second public lecture at Midlands State University (MSU) in Midlands, and now the third one in Bulawayo at Solusi University.

In his opening remarks, the Vice Chancellor (VC) of Solusi University, Dr. J Musvosvi, thanked the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and CALR for making the public lecture possible because in the past only public institutes were engaged. “We have been privileged as, Solusi University, a private institute to host such a wonderful public lecture”,   he said.

Nyasha Chishakwe, CALR Executive Director highlighted the significance of upholding the rule of law in a Constitutional democracy. He also underlined how the Constitution of Zimbabwe has been applauded as a progressive and modern Constitution in terms of promoting the rule of law.

Speaking on the role of the judiciary in protecting and promoting the rule of law, Justice Nick Ndou pointed out that the judiciary should always abide by the Constitution which clearly guarantees the independence of the judiciary. The Constitution requires the judges to decide cases impartially based on the facts of the case and their understanding of the law and without any direct or indirect influence on their decisions.

During the question and answer session, Justice Nick Ndou responded to questions from participants, in which they raised concern over the independence of the judiciary in performing its functions within a politically volatile environment.

Mr Ndimande, a lecturer in the Faculty of Arts at Solusi University gave closing remarks at the public lecture. He thanked the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands and CALR for convening this public lecture at Solusi University.

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