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condemns passage of amendment to Criminal Procedure and Evidence Bill
For Democratic Change (MDC)
July 01, 2004
The MDC condemns the
recent passage in parliament of the amendment
to the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Bill
The Mugabe regime
has tried to portray the amendments to the Criminal Procedure and Evidence
Bill as measures to combat corruption. This is merely a smokescreen. The
main intention behind these measures is to introduce a state of emergency
type preventative and punitive detention measures. The regime can now
detain those calling for legitimate and democratic political change for
an effective 23 days without a court being able to grant bail.
These measures are
reminiscent of detention laws used by the apartheid regime, as well as
the Smith regime. There are no such measures to be found in any other
democratic country, including SADC.
What makes the amendments
more appalling is that they have been introduced just days after the regime
had announced that it was changing some of the electoral laws.
The regime is trying
to convey the impression that it is liberalizing the electoral environment
and bringing it in line with SADC electoral standards. These new draconian
measures expose the regimes intentions. They want to delude SADC,
the people of Zimbabwe and the international community at large into believing
that the 2005 elections will be free, fair and a genuine expression of
the Zimbabwean peoples will. These measures are a clear indication
that the regime has not changed, and has no intention of making genuine
and meaningful changes. All it seeks to do is to create a façade
of democracy to cover up a harsh dictatorial system.
Paul Themba Nyathi
Information and Publicity
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