The Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) has expressed concern over the use of the armed forces to evict the MDC Alliance from its headquarters, the Morgan Richard Tsvangirai (MRT) House on Thursday night.
In a statement on Saturday, LSZ Urged the country’s security forces to desist from involving themselves in civil disputes and to remember that no one is above the law. The statement read:
The Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) is following closely the unfolding events within the MDC party which is the official opposition in Parliament.
We are particularly concerned by reports that the army and the police were deployed to evict some members of the MDC party who were in occupation of the Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House.
The role of the army is clearly articulated in Section 212 of the Constitution which provides that:
“The function of the Defence Forces is to protect Zimbabwe, its people, its national security and interests and its…territorial integrity and to uphold this Constitution.”
The rule of law is about equality, fairness and strict observance of due process. In this vein, we call upon the security forces to desist from wading into civil disputes and restrict themselves to their constitutional mandate.
It is apparent that the actions taken if reports are anything to go by were not backed by an order of the Court.
No person is above the law and nobody should be assisted in taking the law into their hands.