POSA helped Zanu (PF) stay in power
The Pubic Order Security Act has just helped Zanu (PF) stay in power and
failed to protect ordinary citizens as police continue to selectively apply
the law, a legislator has charged.
by Moses Chibaya
“The Public Order Security Act has not helped the people of Zimbabwe but a
group of individuals to survive. How is the police using it (POSA) to
promote peace in this country? Are they are (only) using it to make sure
that dissenting voices are crushed?’’ Kambuzuma MP, Willias Madzimure, said
during debate on the presidential speech this week.
POSA was introduced in 2002 by a Zanu (PF) dominated parliament and amended
in 2007 to remove some undemocratic provisions.
Many regard Posa, which basically guides public order, as an act that helped
President Robert Mugabe consolidate his power.
Since its promulgation, there has been a persistent outcry that the police,
whose Commissioner General, Augustine Chihuri, is an avowed Zanu (PF)
supporter, have used it to ban or disrupt opposition parties’ political
gatherings and to arrest its leaders on spurious grounds.
Human rights activists and political parties say almost all the people
arrested and charged for violating Posa are Zanu (PF)’s political opponents.
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