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New Marriage Law Decriminalises Deliberate Transmission Of HIV

New Marriage Law Decriminalises Deliberate Transmission Of HIV

The Marriages Amendment Bill, which was approved by Parliament last week and now awaits Presidential assent, decriminalises the wilful transmission of HIV.

Criminalising transmission of HIV has been condemned globally, with activists arguing that it has the effect of stigmatising those living with AIDS.

Meanwhile, Clause 53 of the Marriages Bill repeals Section 79 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) which made it an offence to transmit HIV to a partner in certain circumstances.

The section about to be repealed made it an offence not only for a person infected with HIV but also for one knowing there was a real risk or possibility that they were infected, to intentionally infect another person.

People guilty of deliberate transmission of HIV were liable for up to 20 years in jail but convictions were extremely rare.

In his presentation in the National Assembly during the initial stages of the Bill, Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Ziyambi Ziyambi, said that studies had shown that criminalising the transmission of HIV does not produce the intended results. He said:

What the ministry is going to do is to repeal that section of the law and ensure that we keep up to speed with modern trends in the world.

Chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care, Dr Ruth Labode, is on record saying that there was no link between the marked decline in infection rates and the criminal sanctions.

More: The Herald

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14 Comments

4 months ago


cute 4 months ago

unongotsvaga anayo than kuuraya

cute 4 months ago

unenge uchida kuzora ani AIDS yako sungwai


LaSilva@ KC 4 months ago

My dear what if it was u born HIV+
U won't be here writing such a comment.

# one love

cute 4 months ago

sungwai neAIDS yenyu


cde 4 months ago

People guilty of deliberate transmission of HIV were liable for up to 20 years in jail but convictions were extremely rare


𝙈𝙖𝙧𝙖𝙫𝙖𝙯𝙖 4 months ago

𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙖 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙗𝙡𝙚𝙢 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙬𝙚 𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙤𝙬 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙡𝙖𝙬 𝙩𝙤 𝙢𝙚𝙙𝙙𝙡𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙢𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙖𝙡 𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚, 𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙇𝙖𝙬 𝙞𝙨 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙚. 𝙀𝙖𝙘𝙝 𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙨𝙚𝙝𝙤𝙡𝙙 𝙝𝙖𝙨 𝙖 𝙢𝙚𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙨𝙢 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙤𝙡𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙨𝙚 𝙢𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙖𝙡 𝙞𝙨𝙨𝙪𝙚𝙨.


Mface WaFadzai Mahere 4 months ago

*ini kungondizora msvebhene I will sentence you to death*


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Mface WaFadzai Mahere 4 months ago

*ini kungondizora msvebhene I will sentence you to death*


......... 4 months ago

idzi dzopenga manje

Obinna 4 months ago

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R ncube 4 months ago

very nice now we world


R ncube 4 months ago

very nice now we world


pfekai 4 months ago

pfekai makondomu



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