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Index of articles surrounding the debate of the Domestic Violence Bill
acts on Hon Timothy Mubhawu
Movement for Democratic
October 17, 2006
index of articles associated with the Domestic Violence Bill
The national executive
of the MDC held its fifth post-Congress meeting in Bulawayo on 15
October 2006. The meeting was historic in that it was the first
time the party had held its executive meeting in Bulawayo.
executive deliberated on the state of the party, did a post-mortem
on the Chikomba and Rushinga by-elections and received and deliberated
on Advocate Happias Zhou's report on the assault of in Mabvuku
2 July 2006. The national executive also reviewed the debate in
Parliament on the Domestic Violence Bill. Pursuant to this, a number
of critical decisions were made, which include the following:
1 (a) That the
executive committee accepts in total the report and extends its
thanks gratitude to Advocate Zhou, Ms Irene Petras, Mr Kay Ncube
and Mr Kudzakwashe Matibiri for their sterling effort in producing
the report for no charge. The executive also accepted the responsibility
of Zanu PF and its intelligence agents in infiltrating and destabilizing
the party and the centrality of the State in the barbaric assaults
that took place on 2 July 2006. However, the party acknowledges
the huge internal problems inherent in Mabvuku and with immediate
effect dissolves the Tafara/Mabvuku district executive. An interim
committee will be appointed to run the district pending elections
to be held in 3 months time.
(b) That the
party acknowledges the destructive role played by the sitting MP,
Hon Timothy Mubhawu and for his role in the matter, the party immediately
relieved Mubhawu of his position in Harare province where he was
director of elections. The party further barred and interdicted
Hon Mubhawu from dealing with any structures in Mabvuku in any manner
other than that of organizing meetings and rallies consistent with
(c ) The party
acknowledges the Commission's recommendations on issues of
vetting, security and intelligence and will shortly take measures
to address these concerns as noted in the report.
2 (a)The party
noted with regret the seriously feudalistic and primitively patriarchal
remarks made by Hon Mubhawu in Parliament on Wednesday,
4 October 2006. The party restated its social democratic position
and its belief in the values of solidarity, justice, equality, liberation,
freedom, transparency, humility, obedience and accountability. The
party further stated its abhorrence of violence of any nature and
its recognition of Zanu PF as the the principal actor and sponsor
of all forms of violence in Zimbabwe.
(b) Hon Mubhawu
sits in the national council, the supreme organ of the party outside
Congress, having been elected as one of three MPs to sit in the
council representing the interests of parliamentarians in the party.
Pursuant to his debate of 4 October 2006, the MDC has brought forth
charges of bringing the party into disrepute against the Hon MP.
His matter is immediately referred to the national disciplinary
committee and he is suspended forthwith from his position in the
The party also
made various serious internal decisions on several party matters
to safeguard the interests of the party and its integrity as a beacon
of hope to the millions of people wishing for change in Zimbabwe.
Hon Tendai Biti, MP
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