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  • Domestic Violence Bill not diabolical and dangerous
    Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
    October 12, 2006

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    This is an open letter to the MDC member of the House of Assembly for Tafara, Mabvuku, Mr Timothy Mubawu and those of similar persuasion. It is meant as a form of schooling on basic biblical and cultural principles that promote domestic harmony. It is also a build up on the sentiments of the Honourable Patrick Chinamasa, the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, in response to Mubawu's position.

    1. The Domestic Violence Bill advocates for mutual respect in families, a principle that runs through the Bible and Zimbabwean Culture. 1 Corinthians 7 vs 3
    2. The Domestic Violence Bill advocates for non-violent resolution of conflicts. This too is clearly espoused throughout the Bible and Zimbabwean culture. 1 Peter 3 vs 8-10, Mathew 5 vs 21-22, Mathew 18 vs 15-17
    3. The Domestic Violence Bill espouses the duty of caring for and protecting each other. This is clear in the Good Samaritan story in the Bible as well as being the back bone of the extended family in Zimbabwean culture. Galatians 6 vs 2, Ephesians 5 vs 28, 6 vs 4, Colossians 3 vs 19

    What is diabolic and dangerous about the principles underlying the Bill? Is it rather that Mr Mubawu is ignorant or so pretending to support his own personal interest?

    • Does he have a mother, daughter, sister, aunts or cousins?
    • Does he have children?
    • Are there any women in his constituency?
    • Does he understand his role as a legislator in protecting the interest of men, women, and children in his constituency?

    Welcome to this new age Mr Mubawu and awaken to your role as legislator.

    And to "Proudly Zimbabwean" what pride condones the needless butchering, raping, beating and scalding of Zimbabweans, children, men and women? Is it Zimbabwean to watch and not intervene by making relevant laws?

    Is ten years of consultations still not enough consultation?


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