In a Press Release published today on global PR platform, CISION PR Newswire, the Zimbabwean government has said that it’s changing its laws to meet “Western Standards”.
The release, which was prepared by the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services in English, French and German, is part of the government’s efforts to get sanctions on Zimbabwe removed. It is focused on promising the prosecution of members of the security forces implicated in the August 1 killings.
Said the release:
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The Zimbabwean government is currently modernising 30 laws enacted during the Robert Mugabe era, to meet Western standards. Controversial emergency and media laws are being replaced with new legislations that are currently in Parliament.
“Zimbabwe has rapidly begun the task of implementing the Commission’s key recommendations – that include reforming legislation on law and order, freedom and liberalisation of the media and electoral reform,” Minister Moyo said.
Changes to one of the most oppressive laws in Mugabe’s era, POSA, have been criticised as inadequate with legal analysts, Veritas describing the new MOPA bill as “The draft Bill is not new wine in an old bottle: it is the same old wine in the same old bottle with a new label stuck on it”.