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Crisis Coalition applauds Parliament on POSA amendments
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition

December 13, 2010

On Friday the 10th of December 2010, the world celebrated more than 2000 people; most of them women braced the chilly weather and gathered at Africa Unity Square to commemorate this day. Participants called for human rights respect, protection and promotion by the state.

The event took place a day after the Lower House of Parliament passed the Public Order and Security Act Amendment Bill without any political heckling. Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition in collaboration with ZimRights took the opportunity to congratulate the Lower House of Parliament for allowing this bill to sail through at the same time urging Senate to emulate the Lower House by making sure these amendments sail through without unnecessary debate.

The more than 200 people marched from Corner Fourth Street and Five Avenue to Africa Unity Square opposite Parliament of Zimbabwe carrying placards with different messages which included, 'Respect my rights' and 'Please Senate allow POSA to GO'. Marchers were clad in t-shirts printed 'born free! Enslaved by POSA' AND WRIST BANDS WRITTEN 'Dignity and Justice to all of us'

The event hosted by ZimRights was graced by the Prime Minister the Right Honourable Morgan Richard Tsvangirai, Deputy Prime Minister, Professor Arthur Mutambara and other Government Ministers. Representatives of ZANU PF were however absent despite having received an invitation letter from the organisers. The Prime Minister and his deputy unanimously called for the respect of people's rights including the right to education, freedom of association, speech and assembly among others. Professor Mutambara noted that there are minimum conditions, which are necessary before elections take place. He pointed out that politicians need to respect people's fundamental rights and freedoms especially the right to vote and freedom of choice.

The Prime Minister was later hande3d a petition by ZimRights and a framed congratulatory letter to the Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament Honourable Lovemore Moyo by Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, which he accepted on behalf of the Speaker. The letter was congratulating the Speaker on the sailing through of the POSA amendments Bill in the Lower House of Parliament. It also applauded the unity of purpose by the political parties and noted that parliamentarians were now exhibiting levels of maturity by ignoring their egos and putting people first.

The letter however pointed out that the Coalition remained unsatisfied with piecemeal solutions to repressive legislation and would continue to call for the repeal of POSA and other repressive laws such as AIPPA, BSA, ICA and many others that continue to flourish in the legislative books of Zimbabwe. The letter also urged the Speaker to continue offering great leadership in his office so as to ensure that a gamut of legislative and electoral reforms becomes a reality.

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