A Press Release from
Senator Lilian Timveos,
Shadow Minister and MDC-T Spokesperson for Home Affairs.
MDC CHALLENGES CONTINUED ABUSE OF PRESIDENTIAL POWERS
The Movement for Democratic Change is deeply disturbed by the continuing Zanu PF culture of abusing the Presidential Powers Act, which has now been outlawed by the new Constitution.
The latest example of this abuse is Government’s decision to print the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Bill before any public debate has taken place on regulations that were gazetted by the President in January.
On the 3rd January this year the Government published the Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) (Trafficking in Persons Act) Regulations, 2014, which are intended to give effect to the United Nations Palermo Protocol on ending modern-day slavery.
It was a shock to many stakeholders that these regulations were rushed through under the Presidential Powers Act which is no longer constitutional and should be repealed.
We would have thought that in a country that purports to be democratic, stakeholders and interested parties would be given a few months to lobby government to ensure that the Bill would be an improvement on the gazetted regulations. But in fact such a Bill has already been sent to the printers although it has not yet been published.
All this urgency is being deliberately created to prevent public debate on human trafficking, which is a growing problem in Zimbabwe, fuelled by Zanu PF policies.
The MDC calls for urgent action by those wanting to lobby to ensure the eventual Trafficking in Persons Act is an improvement on the regulations.
The regulations which have been published are so deeply flawed and so divergent from the original Palermo Protocol that they may not be of any meaningful use in ending human trafficking in Zimbabwe.
We are well aware of attempts by Zanu PF officials to stop debate on human trafficking in Zimbabwe so that they can continue exploiting slave labour on farms they forcibly occupied.
To contact Senator Timveos, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; mobile 263 779 701 082