Public Order and Security Act Is My Brain Child – Dumiso Dabengwa

Dumiso Dabengwa has revealed that he is the brains behind the original Public Order and Security Act (POSA). Dabengwa also stated that the then President Robert Mugabe refused to sign the bill on grounds that it was too weak.

Dabengwa made the revelation during an interview on Saturday. He categorically stated that the POSA Bill that sailed through parliament was an edited version of his brainchild.

Dr Dabengwa, who was then Home Affairs Minister, said the inspiration behind his idea of POSA was reactionary as he wanted to replace a colonial piece of  legislation (LOMA) used by the Ian Smith Regime to suppress Dabengwa and other Nationalists

Dabengwa also stated that he invited the Law Society of Zimbabwe and members of civil society to discuss POSA.

Said Dabengwa:

Indeed, POSA is my baby because I had been tortured and imprisoned by the Rhodesian government under LOMA during the liberation struggle. It really pained me to see the same piece of legislation that was used to imprison us in the early 1960s still in place in Zimbabwe hence I made a move to have it completely repealed and replaced by POSA when I was Home Affairs Minister.

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The Public Order and Security Act (POSA) is a piece of legislation passed in Zimbabwe in 2002 by a parliament which Zanu-PF dominated. The act was amended in 2007. It was widely alleged that the Act was the brainchild of Jonathan Moyo who was the... Read More About Public Order and Security Act

Dumiso Dabengwa is a politician and the current presiden of ZAPU. He was also a member of Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) officially until 2008 when he left to revive ZAPU political party. In 2018, Dumiso formed the Dumiso Dabengwa Foundation. During Zimbabwe's war... Read More About Dumiso Dabengwa

Robert Mugabe is the former President of Zimbabwe. He was the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe from 1987 to November 2017. Prior to this, he was the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe since the attainment of independence in 1980. Mugabe resigned from his presidency on... Read More About Robert Mugabe

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