n Latin American Report - Ngozi and indigenous law in Zimbabwe
|Article Title||Ngozi and indigenous law in Zimbabwe|
|© Publisher:||UNISA Press|
|Journal||Latin American Report|
|Affiliations||1 Zimbabwe Open University|
|Publication Date||Jan 2012|
|Pages||298 - 311|
This paper focuses on two critical issues: Firstly, it demonstrates that the current constitution which is the basis of Zimbabwean law is not only western in origin but that it also wrongfully downplays the indigenous law and value system of Zimbabwe. The paper then briefly discusses how unhu/ubuntu should be understood as the cornerstone of indigenous Zimbabwean law. Secondly, it then situates ngozi within the discourse of Zimbabwean indigenous law, arguing that understanding the philosophy behind ngozi is essentially that of unhuism/ubuntuism and natural justice. In the process several misconceptions about ngozi are dispelled and the record is straightened. A correct conceptualization of ngozi is expected to promote greater harmony among the Africans and indeed whoever cares to listen to Africa's voice of conscience.
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