Zanu(PF) violence escalates
For some time now, the leadership of Zanu (PF) has been at pains to prove to
Zimbabweans and to the Sadc that the MDC-T is the chief perpetrator of
political violence in this country. Its efforts are now being disproved on a
daily basis by none other than its own hired hooligans who are persistently
disrupting the work of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee that is
conducting public hearings on the Human Rights Commission Bill.
by John Makumbe
Meetings have been disrupted in various parts of the country, to the extent
that the Portfolio committee has not been able to gather much by way of the
people’s views on the Bill. There is no sane citizen of this country who
would like to stop the work of this noble committee.
The only people who are anxious to stop this work are those that have a
track record of violating the people’s rights. In Zimbabwe, we all know that
it is Zanu (PF) and elements of the security forces that have been in the
forefront of violating the people’s rights.
Zanu (PF) is aware that once the Bill is passed through Parliament it will
give the Human Rights Commission the authority to investigate all acts that
may be deemed to constitute violations of human rights.
The fact that the Zanu (PF) leadership has persistently called for the next
elections to be held this year is testimony that the violent political party
is desperate to ensure that the proposed Bill does not see the light of day
before the elections are held. The primary intention is to grossly violate
the people’s human rights by employing violence during the election campaign
in order to ensure a Zanu (PF) and Mugabe victory at the polls.
Such a victory is very unlikely to be attainable under a peaceful and
non-violent political environment. The Zanu (PF) hoodlums are therefore
being hired to obstruct the process of gathering the people’s views on the
Bill, so that the Human Rights Commission will remain a paper tiger with no
teeth. That way, those of a violent nature will be free to make use of
violence and intimidation against supporters of the MDC-T and other parties
without fear of the law.
Zanu (PF) is also afraid that some of the views of the people of this
country may reflect a deep desire for the Human Rights Commission to be
empowered to investigate human rights violations dating as far back in the
history of this country as 1980. This will mean that the Commission will
have to delve into the sordid business of the Gukurahundi massacres of 1982
to 1987 during which “madness” more that 20 000 lost their lives.
Also greatly feared are the murders and tortures that were inflicted upon
the people of this country by the war veterans, the militia and some
security agents during the 2008 presidential run-off election campaign. The
Zanu (PF) leadership is therefore desperate to ensure that the proposed Bill
and the Human Rights Commission will remain in limbo.
But the days when Zanu (PF) used to have its own way with the laws of this
land are long over. The proposed Bill will have to be gazetted and then
debated in Parliament, where it will be passed into law whether the former
liberation party likes it or not.
The people of this country are determined to stop the Mugabe party from any
further abuse of the people’s rights at any time, elections or no elections.
We urge the Portfolio Committee to stick to its mandate and ensure that the
proposed Bill will be passed into law as soon as possible. Hoodlums must not
be allowed to stop good laws from being passed by the legitimate structures
of the state.
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