Speaker of Parliament Advocate Jacob Mudenda has encouraged Zimbabweans to be brave and to stand up for themselves by demonstrating when they are unhappy. Mudenda gave examples of Brazil and South Korea where citizens demonstrated after their presidents were implicated in corruption scandals.
Speaking at the 2017 Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce annual congress in Victoria Falls Mudenda said:
Another very powerful force outside the Executive and the Judiciary to pounce on those who have been found wanting by the parliamentary committee or committees is the people themselves, you the people.
Take South Korea, where the former President (Geun-hye) was involved, through a friend, in certain dealings, the electorate stood up and said ‘the President must be prosecuted’.
She tried to stick to power with a host of lawyers, but she did not succeed and she was arrested because of the power of the electorate, they demonstrated against her behaviour.
So you have Parliament working there, you have got the Executive and Judiciary working there to get things corrected, but the power of the people is more biting when they stand up and say enough is enough.
But, that culture is not yet in Zimbabwe. It is there now in South Africa, but in Zimbabwe we are law-abiding to the extreme.
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