Senior MDC founding member and Senator, Douglas Mwonzora has said that the new Maintenance of Peace and Order Bill is a “big fraud”.
The senator says that the MDC is preparing to debate the bill in the senate tomorrow (14th August 2019). A new amended version of the bill was debated in the House of Assembly on 9 August 2019 and was passed.
However, the amendments made, which were made following objections raised by the Parliamentary Legal Committee, has been referred to by legal experts as still unconstitutional.
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Preparing for a crucial Senate debate on the Maintenance of Peace and Order Bill. The bill is a big fraud as it is a duplication of POSA. It also borrows a lot from apartheid South Africa’s legislation which controlled public gatherings and demonstrations.