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Public hearing on the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission Bill disrupted in Chinhoyi
Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust
July 18, 2011

A public hearing on the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission Bill scheduled for Chinhoyi has been disrupted by a rowdy group of people who jeered at the Joint-Committee and those who wanted to make their contributions, thus drowning their voices. They objected to the view by one of the participants that the Bill gave too much power to the President and the Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs. Because of the disorderly conduct of this group of rowdy people, the Joint-Committee had to abandon the public hearing as the environment had become uncontrollable.

About 300 people had gathered at Chinhoyi Cooks Hall to participate in the public hearing only to be disrupted by this rowdy group of people, whose only presence at the public hearing appeared to be political mischief other than anything else. The Joint-Committee is now on its way to Gweru where it is scheduled to conduct a public hearing on the same Bill tomorrow, Tuesday 19 July 2011.

It remains to be seen how Parliament will deal with this issue, given that disruption of parliamentary business is a serious violation of the law amounting to contempt of parliament.

Details of the Committee’s itinerary are given below:

18 July 2011 11.00 hrs Chinhoyi Cooks Hall Chinhoyi
19 July 2011 10.00 hrs Gweru Auditorium Gweru
19 July 2011 17.00 hrs Bulawayo Small City Hall Bulawayo
20 July 2011 12.00 hrs Gwanda City Hall Gwanda
21 July 2011 10.00 hrs Masvingo Civic Centre Masvingo
22 July 2011 10.00 hrs Queens Hall Mutare
23 July 2011 10.00 hrs Cyril Jennings Hall Highfield

Those who are not able to attend the public hearings, are free to send their written submissions to:-

The Clerk of Parliament

ATT: Portfolio Committee Transport & Infrastructural Development
P. O. Box CY 298, Causeway, Harare.

For more information, please contact the Justice Committee Clerk, Ms. Precious Zenda, on the following contact details: Tel: +263-4-700181/252941, Mobile: +263-772 281 533, Email:

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