Parliament Should Exercise Its Oversight Role To Prevent Abuse Of Power By Securocrats – Mudenda

Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda, yesterday said parliamentary oversight should focus on national security matters to prevent abuse of power by securocrats.

He made the remarks while addressing students at the National Defence University in Harare on Parliament’s role.

Mudenda said in the absence of parliamentary oversight role, “there is a danger of security services misinterpreting their mission and acting like a State within a State, either placing a heavy strain on scarce resources or exerting excessive political and economic influence”. He added:

To bolster national security expansively, Parliament’s oversight role must focus on the multifaceted phenomenon of security such as national food security, health security, socio-economic security, environmental security and human security which are predicated on the respect of religious observance of human rights and freedoms within the government matrix.

Effectively parliamentary oversight has thus become all the more critical to ensure that these responses are devised and implemented with full transparency and accountability.

He said Parliament’s role in contributing to national security should remain sustainable and endure on the tenets of constitutionalism and rule of law. Mudenda added:

Where these legal tenets are flouted with impunity, the result is a skewed national security environment whose consequence is inevitable catastrophic disorder.

The rule of law is a tenet that attempts to protect the inalienable right of citizens from arbitrary and abusive use of State power and force by those who have formed themselves into an oligarchy, the fertile ground for national security.

His remarks come amid allegations that the security chiefs have captured the ruling ZANU PF and are the ones running the affairs of the state.

In a normal setup, the security sector should be non-partisan and there should be a clear separation of powers 

More: NewsDay Zimbabwe

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One Comment on “Parliament Should Exercise Its Oversight Role To Prevent Abuse Of Power By Securocrats – Mudenda

  1. November 2017 securocrats seized power and aligned themselves with ZanuPF thus openly politicizing themselves and being partisan, a status quo currently reinforced and consolidated in disrespecting the CONSTITUTION..

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