In this analysis, separation of powers as a model of governance for democratic states is discussed. Ideally, the state is divided into three branches: legislative, executive and judiciary. The Zimbabwean experience does not always live up to this standard, however.
There in fact have been gross violations of this doctrine. The executive, during the ZANU PF government, was all-powerful to the extent of stifling other arms. This has compromised the independence and the impartiality of the judiciary, and the vibrancy of the legislature.