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to amend POSA
September 19, 2007
has conceded to the demands made by Zimbabweans to amend the Public
Order and Security Act (POSA).
Since its inception in
2000, POSA has been used by the ruling party to infringe on the
fundamental right to freedom of association, and has been selectively
applied to prohibit opposition party rallies and civic organization
meetings. This has been viewed as an act of blatant disregard to
the right to freedom of expression and association within a democratic
POSA also creates the
offence of insulting the President.
In 2005,the Minister
of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Patrick Chinamasa out
rightly declared that the government had no intention of amending
this Act as it was a worthy tool in curbing the activities of those
who want to effect regime change.
Early this year,
State Security Minister Didymus Mutasa also stated that he wished
both POSA and the Access
to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) will remain
in the statute books as they are for the next 1 000 years.
appreciates the latest developments with the hope that this will
help enhance freedom of expression and association as stated in
section 20 of the Zimbabwean
Constitution, MISA-Zimbabwe renews its call for the total repeal
of repressive legislation. The cosmetic changes which are normally
brought by amendments do nothing in ensuring that Zimbabweans enjoy
their constitutionally guaranteed rights.
the MISA-Zimbabwe fact
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