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MDC condemns Zanu PF's disruption of Electoral Amendment Bill
for Democratic Change (MDC)
October 19, 2011
The MDC condemns in the strongest terms the continuing barbaric
and wanton disruption of the Electoral
Amendment Bill joint public hearings of the Parliamentary Portfolio
Committee on Justice, Legal Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs by
Zanu PF thugs.
and unruly disruptions are now an unacceptable trend that began
at the hearings of the Human
Rights Commission Bill where even honourable members of Parliament
including Hon. Brian Tshuma were attacked within the very precincts
of the August House of Parliament itself.
These brazen and crude attacks on a pillar of parliamentary
democracy bear the clear fingerprints of ZANU PF, which needs to
learn the simple lesson, that brute force and bullying will not
and can never be incorporated into draft legislation.
and ill thought-out tactics inevitably backfire as they eventually
blow over, and only well reasoned and rational contributions prevail,
in keeping with the modern tenets of democracy.
The organisers of this primitive political strategy
of disrupting such solemn and critical national processes should
be ashamed of themselves and be made to pay for the heavy losses
they cause to the fiscus in terms of the wasted costs of the aborted
This is the usual barbarism that has been associated
with Zanu PF. It is clear these hooligans were acting on the instructions
of their leaders.
These misguided elements miss the irony that in
disrupting the democratic process of citizen participation in legislation,
they actually make the case for even more robust elections and human
rights legislation, so that their deplorable behaviour is eliminated
from our society.
The MDC expects the Zimbabwe Republic Police to
justify its existence by immediately apprehending the suspects of
these heinous acts. The police must protect Zimbabweans so that
they exercise their right to contribute to these Bills which are
critical for free, fair, and effective elections, and the peaceful
enjoyment of the human rights of Zimbabweans.
The continued failure by the police to safeguard
the integrity of Parliament renders them partisan accomplices in
undermining Parliament for which Zimbabwe will judge them harshly.
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