The year of an 'executive minded' judiciary

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The Court of Appeal (CoA) dampened the spirit of the labour movement by declaring that the dismissal of Essential Services Employees (ESE) who participated in the 2011 strike was lawful.

The CoA led by Judge President Ian Kirby also ruled that the Industrial Court was right to declare as unlawful the participation of ESE in the strike. The unions were devastated. They even challenged the partiality of Justice Kirby who they described as ‘executive minded’.

This prompted the then Registrar and Master of the High Court Godfrey Nthomiwa to respond that BOFEPUSU’s statement bordered on contempt of court. He accused BOFEPUSU of personal and disrespectful attacks against members of the judiciary.

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Women in Politics caucus NGO, a welcome development

In the 2014 General Election, women who stood for parliamentary elections were a mere 17 out of a total of 192 aspirants, and sadly the number dropped to 11 out of 210 parliamentary aspirants in the 2019 General Election. Hopefully, registration of the Women in Politics Caucus will give women the necessary support to join politics. While things were slowly improving, women for a long time were at the receiving end as compared to their male...

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