Zimbabwe to host 48 Constitutional jurisdictions

Review & Mail Reporter

Zimbabwe has won the bid to host the 7th Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa – CJCA congress in 2024, where at least 48 countries will gather in Victoria Falls.

The Judiciary Services Commission (JSC) said in a statement Sunday that said Zimbabwe was nominated by participants at the just-ended 6th CJCA congress held from November 22-24, 2022, in Rabat, Morocco, adding that Gabon and Mozambique, he only other countries that were in the running, withdrew in favour of Zimbabwe.

“That followed a presentation by the head of the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe, Honourable Chief Justice Luke Malaba, which highlighted the success story of Zimbabwe’s constitutional transformation and marketed Victoria Falls as one of the best tourism destinations in the world,” the JSC said.

The JSC said the nomination was a vote of confidence in Zimbabwe’s constitutional transformation and a recognition of the progressive programmes that the Judiciary of Zimbabwe was undertaking.

“It is also set to boost the country’s tourism sector. After hosting the conference in 2024, Zimbabwe will assume the responsibility of chairing the organization for a period of two years,” the JSC said, adding that preparations for the major event had already started and that members of the Judicial Service Commission were working to ensure a successful continental gathering.

CJCA has a membership of (48) African constitutional jurisdictions. It was created on 8 May 2011 at the headquarters of the Constitutional Council of Algeria. Its purpose is federating the courts in charge of the review of constitutionality. It adopted African mechanisms of constitutional justice, in a continental space that allows them to participate in the field that is theirs. It seeks to promote and disseminate universal values and principles of the rule of law, democracy and human rights as enshrined in the preamble of the Constitutive Act of the African Union and national constitutions.

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