13 March 2020

The Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) is a premier public interest environmental law organisation which seeks to promote environmental justice, sustainable and equitable use of natural resources, democracy and good governance in the natural resources and environment sector. ZELA’s work is mainly anchored on a core group of rights which are reflective of natural resources governance namely; Environmental, Economic, Social and Cultural (EESC) rights. As such a large component of the organisation's work involves influencing implementation and reforms within legal and institutional frameworks governing the environment and natural resources sector through research, civic education and advocacy.

As an organisation we believe that having adequate laws in place and monitoring implementation are the first steps towards good governance of natural resources and the environment. For the past 20 years, we have managed to make notable contributions to the legal, policy and institutional frameworks governing the environment and natural resources sector for broad based sustainable environmental and socio-economic development through our work in Zimbabwe and beyond.

Through this newsletter, we get to share with you relevant updates as we drive our mission of promoting environmental justice through sustainable and equitable utilization of natural resources and environmental protection.

Zim-Is a secretive constitutional amendment mischief brewing?

Barely six years after adopting a new Constitution, and without making any significant progress in implementing and upholding some of the key provisions of the Constitution, the Government of Zimbabwe intends to amend the 2013 Constitution for the second time. The Constitution of Zimbabwe (Amendment) Bill No. 2 was gazetted on 17 January 2020 with the aim of amending several sections in the Constitution. Constitutional amendments are allowed and provided for in Section 328 of the Constitution, but the question of necessity and desirability arises in the present case. Many of the proposed amendments, as is apparent, will effectively result in consolidation of power in the office of the President (akin to the Lancaster House Constitution) and will have significant impacts on different sectors including the mining sector. This article seeks to highlight the impact of Clause 23 of the Bill on the mining sector in Zimbabwe.………Click here for more information. 

Constitutional Amendments Stall New Mining Bill    

MUTARE– Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Mines and Minerals Development, Edmond Mukaratigwa has hinted that the mines and minerals bill has stalled due to the understaffing of the Attorney General’s department who are currently overwhelmed by constitutional amendments.

This follows complains by civil society that the new law is taking long to come amid chaos and disorder in the country’s mining sector........Click here for more information. 

 Gwanda women miners robbed by machete gangs 

ANNUAL commemorations for the Women’s Day come in the backdrop of fierce attacks perpetrated by machete gangs in most gold rich areas which had become a haven for informal mining and criminal gangs before the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) launched “Chikorokoza Ngachipere in January this year.

Artisanal and small scale women miners were not spared in some of the violent attacks which resulted in bloody clashes between rival groups.…….Click here for more information.

 #IWD message from the ZELA Team

1. As we celebrate the #IWD2020. ZELA'Senior Programs Officer @nmutonhori calls for the emancipation of women in all facets of life. As a gender activist, she is really disturbed by the violence in the #ASMinZim perpetrated by the machete wielding gangs. It is evil just stop it. Check the video here

2. As we commemorate #IWD2020 @ntmabhikwa an advocate for farmers rights says human wildlife conflict is real. During the #IWD2020 let us not forget women who have lost their loved ones due to human-wildlife conflict.Check the video here

3. Women are God 's beautiful creation. I am a woman &am committed to supporting women. You too shld do the same says @Yanano. @ZELA_Infor in all our programs we are guided by our Gender Policy as we seek to promote #environmental justice & good governance in Natural Resource Governance.Check the video here

4.Happy #IWD2020 @Publish What You Pay-Zimbabwe is committed to this year's campaign theme #EachForEqual & with ZELA'support the coalition is implementing a project that involves the capacitation of citizens especially women to oversee public resource management.When women do better,nations also do better,says Joyce.Check the video here

5. @josephinechiname  #IWD2020 message is; Let's work in solidarity to improve conditions of women @ the workplace by providing fair wages while promoting their security.Check the video here

6.@BernaMandi says a strong woman stands up for herself but a stronger woman stands up for everybody else. Here's to strong women, determined to make the world a better place for you and me.#EachForEqual An equal world is an enabled world.Check the video here

7. Mining companies operating in #Zimbabwe, @fadzyMislee has a message for you. Hear! Hear Uphold the guiding principles on business & human rights.Check the video here

8. I am Generation Equality because i believe in equitable distribution of resources regardless of 1's biological make-up. We must all ensure that women are fairly represented in all sectors. Happy #IWD2020 from @ZELA_Infor 's Legal Officer @MichelleMatsvaire. Check the video here

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Speculators risk losing mines 
Government has set in motion a process that will see mining title holders who have been holding onto minerals infested claims without developing them, losing the properties………Click here for more information.



Conversations that matter

Mukasiri Sibanda on Twitter
·Mar 11
Responding to allegations that people get injured or killed by falling into abandoned & unprotected diamond mining pits, a Ministry of Mines official urged the community members to report such cases to the Ministry of Mines...

Joshy Machinga on Twitter
·Mar 8

Happy #IWD2020 I am who I am because of the love, care, humanity of women. I appreciate and value their presence in my (our) lives

Upcoming Events 

1.Expert Training on Regional and International Mining Transparency Initiatives(17-20 March 2020)  


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