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MDC continues to excel in national leadership
Movement for Democratic Change
The MDC has
scored a major leadership victory by steering through crucial amendments
to the Public
Order and Security Act (POSA), a law which severely silenced
Zimbabweans since 1960 when it was known as the Law and Order Maintenance
After 20 years of independence, the former Zanu
PF government strengthened the colonial hold onto the people when
it strengthened LOMA and christened it POSA in order to deal with
the nation with an iron fist. With its sweeping provisions, all
pointing poisoned arrows at people's freedoms, POSA caused
untold suffering to several generations of Zimbabweans who sought
to exercise their fundamental right to freedom of expression and
The party wishes to congratulate our legislators,
led by Chief Whip Innocent Gonese, in raising a private member's
bill to amend the act. This is the first time in Zimbabwe's
parliamentary history that a private member's bill managed
to sail through, thus demonstrating an impeccable MDC record in
national leadership. Coming a few days after Zimbabwe celebrated
International Human Rights Day, the amendments to POSA - which
now await a procedural clearance and endorsement in the Senate and
Presidential accent -- come at a time when the people expected a
new political dispensation to take root and propel the country into
a new era.
The MDC takes
this opportunity to encourage the Inclusive Government to review
all retrogressive laws that curtail people's freedoms across
the board to bring meaning to the exercise of democracy and citizens'
rights. In particular, all media laws - AIPPA,
Services Act, and the Censorship and Entertainment Act -
must be repealed as a matter of urgency.
of journalists, content creators and artists is an affront to creativity
and national oversight. We deplore the incessant onslaught on the
media by Zanu PF and the police who are still under a nostalgic
grime that Zimbabwe must remain a failed state under a dictatorship.
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