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Parliament Adopts Motion To Enact The 'Patriotic Bill'

Parliament Adopts Motion To Enact The 'Patriotic Bill'

The National Assembly has adopted a motion to enact the Patriotic Bill which seeks to make it a criminal offence for citizens to say bad things about the country to foreigners.

The proposed law was initially introduced as the Patriotic Bill a few years ago but it is now part of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Amendment Bill.

ZANU PF MPs supported the motion, while CCC MPs are understood to be against the Bill although they did not get the opportunity to express their views.

Chegutu East legislator Webster Shamu (ZANU PF) moved the motion for adoption. He said:

I rise to express my sincere appreciation to the Honourable Members who have contributed to this very important motion, a motion which came about as a result of a petition by the Zimbabwe Anti-Sanctions Trust calling on the government to enact legislation criminalising the imposition of sanctions on Zimbabwe by individuals or organisations.

On that note Madam Speaker Ma’am, may I, therefore, move that this motion be adopted.

Umzingwane legislator Levi Mayihlome (ZANU PF) supported the motion saying calling for sanctions is a threat to national security. Said Mayihlome:

As enunciated by Honourable Shamu in his report, issues of freedom of expression should not infringe on the rights of other members of society. Furthermore, I just want to emphasize that freedom of expression and association should not threaten national security.

I believe that those who call for sanctions against the nation and infringe on the national interests of this country and also threaten the national security of this country, in what way Madam Speaker, by calling for sanctions are weakening the economy.

By weakening the economy, you are causing economic upheavals and promoting civil disobedience that might need or threaten the stability of the government.

In my view, that is a security threat and whichever way one looks at it, calling for sanctions is actually a threat to national security. There has to be legislation to guard against the threat to national security.

The principles of the proposed Bill were approved by Cabinet and the Attorney General’s Office has been given drafting instructions.

Parliament wants the Bill to be brought to the House by 30 November 2022.

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27 Comments

RD 1 month ago

Zanupf bill .it means no more freedom of speech .


SOSO 1 month ago

THIS PATRIOTISM BILLIS QUITE A NOBLE IDEA ALBEIT ITS COMING A BIT LATE AND AT PROBABLY A WRONG TIME.IT IS ALSO CARRYING A BAD TASTE AS IT IS SHOWING THAT IT IS NOW BEING CREATED TO TARGET A SMALL GROUP OF PEOPLE AND THEREFORE IT IS NARROW MAKING IT NOT CAPABLE OF FULLY SERVING ITS RIGHTFUL PURPOSE.
SHOULD IT ENCOMPASS CORRUPTION AS PART OF CONTRAVENING PATRIOTISM LAW THEN IT WILL BE CASTING ITS NET WIDER AND IT BECOMES A GOOD LAW.
LETS CALL A SPADE A SPADE, CALLING FOR SANCTIONS FROM FOREIGN NATIONS TO HURT THE VERY PEOPLE YOU NEED A VOTE FROM IN ORDER TO COERCE THEM TO LIKE YOU OR SEE YOU AS A SAVIOUR TO SAVE THEM FROM A PROBLEM YOU CREATED IS TREASONOUS!
TAKING BARS OF GOLD AND MAKE THEM EVADE THE CORRECT SYSTEM THAT COULD HAVE HELPED MASSES IS TREASONOUS!
AS FOR IF YOU MEET IN NATIONAL SPORTS STADIUM WHEN ZIMBABWE NATIONAL TEAM IS PLAYING AGAINST CAMEROON AND YOU ARE SUPPORTING CAMEROON... WHILST YOUR ARE ZIMBABWEAN I WILL TAKE YOUR ID AND BREAK IT THERE AND ON TOP OF GIVING NICE SLAPS AND ESCORTING OUT OF THE STADIUM.
AND FOR THE RECORD SAKE HOPEWELL CHIN'ONO IS AN UNPATRIOTIC BASTARD WHO SHOULD BE BROUGHT BEFORE THE LAW.

the reality checker is out


webster shamhu 1 month ago

i will move again to the motion of enacting some Laws which ebrace
electrical reforms
diaspora vote

no or low intimidation of people on campaighning
for their party of choice


Machiavelli 1 month ago

Respect is earned, not demanded
You cannot legislate for virtue, and finally
Don't legislate what you cannot police.


Machiavelli 1 month ago

Thank you @Blabber. Insulting me will not increase your reasoning ability

Blabber 1 month ago

Hapamborina zvawataura apa, your reasonng and obviously low IQ arr an insult to the master thinker whose name you have stolen! Pseudo machiavelli

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Mᴀʀᴀᴠᴀᴢᴀ 1 month ago

A ʙᴀᴅ ᴛʜɪɴɢ ɪs ᴀ ʙᴀᴅ ᴛʜɪɴɢ ᴡᴇ ᴄᴀɴɴᴏᴛ sᴜɢᴀʀ ᴄᴏᴀᴛ ɪᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ᴍᴀᴋᴇ ɪᴛ ᴛᴀsᴛᴇ ɴɪᴄᴇ. Gᴜɢᴜʀᴀʜᴜɴᴅɪ, Mᴜʀᴀᴍʙᴀᴛsᴠɪɴᴀ, ᴍᴀssɪᴠᴇ ɢᴠᴛ ᴄᴏʀʀᴜᴘᴛɪᴏɴ ᴍᴜsᴛ ʙᴇ ᴏᴘᴇɴᴇᴅ ᴜᴘ ғᴏʀ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴏʀʟᴅ ᴛᴏ sᴇᴇ. Wʜᴀᴛ ɪs Zᴀɴᴜ ᴘғ ᴛʀʏɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ʜɪᴅᴇ ʀᴇᴀʟʟʏ, sᴇᴇᴍs ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴀʀᴇ ɪɴ ғᴀᴄᴛ ғᴇᴇʟɪɴɢ ɪɴsᴇᴄᴜʀᴇ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ sᴏᴍᴇ ɢʟᴀʀɪɴɢ ᴠɪᴄᴇs ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴄᴏᴍᴍɪᴛ. Bʏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴀʏ Zɪᴍʙᴀʙᴡᴇ ɪs ɴᴏᴛ Zᴀɴᴜ ᴘғ, ᴀɴʏᴛʜɪɴɢ ʙᴀᴅ sᴀɪᴅ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ᴛʜɪs Zᴀɴᴜ ᴘғ ᴍᴜsᴛ ɴᴏᴛ ʙᴇ ᴍɪsᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴜᴇᴅ ᴀs ᴜɴᴘᴀᴛʀɪᴏᴛɪᴄ...ᴛʜᴀᴛ ɪs ᴡʜᴀᴛ ɪᴛ ɪs , ᴄʜɪɴᴜ ᴄʜᴀᴡᴏʀᴀ ɪᴄʜɪ!


Loxee 1 month ago

Muramba**** was a good move iwe mhani

Kodo 1 month ago

Parlimentarians should have age limit zvimwe zvinhu pedzerwa simba ne harahwa idzi hazvibatsiri nyika


Dzvamu 1 month ago

Liverpool yadii


Zimyouth 1 month ago

Liverpool yanga ichitamba neyi?

Dzvamu 1 month ago

Thanx

Bright 1 month ago

Draw 2-2

bright 1 month ago

shamhu achiriko ummm


VOTE ❎ CCC, VOTE ❎ CCHAMISA 1 month ago

WHAT ABOUT ELECTORAL LAWS?


Munya 1 month ago

2023 mukomana ovharirwa kunze zvino. Manje ndiyani achamhanya nacho chimuti. ZANUPF chioororo. Asi ukanditi mu ZANUPF ndofa newe andikwane kuvaroyi


JARAVAZA 1 month ago

Zimbabwe iri kutongwa pachibhanditi chaipo. Webster shamu, akambozviti charles ndlovu, ndiro rima chairo. Vision hapana. Unotaura zveutsinye kuvanhu vaunoda kuti vakuvhotere. Manje hakuna zvakadaro. Pasi newe nevakuru vako


. 1 month ago

Aisa mud are pfungwa dzake. Ndoo kuratidza kuti an oziva kupinda imimi.

Hutsinye kuvanhu kuti South Africa vanhu ava vandivhotere. Unfortunately died asina kupanhuwa iwo magetsi acho adzimwa

Mwari havadhakwe

Jinx 1 month ago

Ini ndinofarira ZANU PF kipindwa nayo mubhonzo


1 month ago

Vampires

tttt 1 month ago

hauna moyo satan

Babalao 1 month ago

Vanenge vari kuda musoro waHopewell nekuvaudza chokwadi kwaari kuvaita.


Sky Lawyer 1 month ago

all laws are meant to hount and cripple democratic space.
basa kufunga kuomesera your own ple tsvee kugadzira mitemo inosimudza nyika


Davis 1 month ago

it's long overdue


ngorima mushava 1 month ago

it's long overdue ,even the US who claim to be Champions of democracy also have that same law/act known as the Logan Act.... that's why they're after the likes of Snowden

Tio 1 month ago

Patriotism doesnt meaning kusataurq zvakashata zvirikuitwa. Nyika haina paracetamol mu gvt hospital wonzi just paint a good picture , yet people are dying, patriotism is saying it as it is

💩💩💩 1 month ago

For what? isai mushonga muchipatara ndizvo zviri overdue.


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