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New Law To Force President To Inform Parliament Before Deploying Army

The government is moving towards replacing the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) with a new law, the proposed Maintenance of Peace and Order Bill.

While addressing the media during the post-cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Information and Publicity Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said:

Following the approval by the cabinet of the repeal of the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) at its previous sitting, Cabinet considered and approved the consequent proposed Maintenance of Peace and Order Bill, Whose provisions will be in conformity with the constitution of Zimbabwe.

There is a provision in POSA where the armed forces can be called to assist the police and the constitution says that once armed forces have been called to assist the police, the president must cause parliament to be informed.

We are going to insert that provision to ensure that within the Maintenance of Peace and Order Bill, that provision is captured whereby the president will now be called upon to inform parliament within seven days of its next sitting after deploying soldiers to assist the police.

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