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of the right to free expression
July 06, 2007
The right to
freedom of expression has been criminalised in Zimbabwe. This was
said by National Chairman of the National
Constitutional Assembly (NCA), Dr Lovemore Madhuku on 5 July
gathered at the Quill Club, which is the National Press Club, on
Amendment 18 gazetted last month, Madhuku said that the ruling
regime was using the amendment to hold on to power, regardless of
the consequences for the country. He stated that the political parties
in the country agree on the elemental problems currently bedevilling
the country but have failed to agree on the solutions.
Madhuku said that the
ruling party has resisted the realisation of free expression as
fundamental in the solution of the problems currently bedevilling
"If you want to
express yourself, you are said to be working on the regime change
At the same meeting,
Madhuku pointed to the need for civic society's inclusion
in the mediation initiative currently underway. He said that the
political weight of the two groups had been considered instead of
their representation of the population of the country and ability
to come up with lasting solutions. In his view, the initiative is
another way of buying time and will not yield any lasting solutions
for the country.
Madhuku reiterated the
need for a new, people drive constitution to solve the problems
the MISA-Zimbabwe fact
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