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"Patriotic Bill" Gazetted

Government on Friday, 23 December 2022 gazetted the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Amendment Bill.

The Bill, which has become known as the Patriotic Bill, seeks to punish Zimbabweans for alleged crimes such as treason and “wilfully damaging the sovereignty and national interest of Zimbabwe”.

Those found guilty will lose citizenship or be barred from voting and holding public office. Part of the Bill reads:

Any citizen or permanent resident of Zimbabwe (hereinafter in this section called “the accused”) who, within or outside Zimbabwe actively partakes… in any meeting whose object the accused knows or has reasonable grounds for believing involves….military or other armed intervention in Zimbabwe…subverting, upsetting, overthrowing or overturning the constitutional government in Zimbabwe; shall be guilty of wilfully damaging the sovereignty and national interest of Zimbabwe and liable to— (i) the same penalties as for treason, in a case referred to in paragraph (a); or (ii) the same penalties as for subverting the constitutional government.

The Bill has been condemned by civil society organisations and opposition political parties saying it is an attempt by the ZANU PF-led government to silence critics. Reads the Bill:

A termination of the citizenship of the convicted person, if the convicted person is a citizen by registration or a dual citizen…prohibition from being registered as a voter or voting at an election for a period of at least five years, but not exceeding 15 years.

Prohibition from filling a public office for a period of at least five years but not exceeding 15 years, and, if he or she holds any such office, the convicting court may declare that that office shall be vacated by the convicted person from the date of his or her conviction, unless the tenure of the public office in question is regulated exclusively by or in terms of the constitution.

Another controversial Bill, the Private Voluntary Organisations Act Amendment Bill is in the final stages of parliamentary approval. | The Standard

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20 Comments

Madzibaba Bee 1 month ago

Hurumene yema Show-na iyi ka yadambudzaa-_-


Shawn@ 1 month ago

Ko enda ka kune hurumende ye ma****

Shawn@ 1 month ago

Enda kune hurumende yeMan nde be le

Ali Tinasheba albamohamed 1 month ago

Haàa so akusisina zve coup
Masinhi akavharwa ese
Ukasasisa futi basa ropera kkkk


makorokoto 1 month ago

makorokoto Zimbabwe wave nyika waramba kutonga nemaBritish nemaAmerican surrogates parties
opposition kugedageda kwemeno kwako kwasvika

People Of Various Opinions 1 month ago

Hallmarks of an illigitimate coup government


1 month ago

Where were you, Chamisa and Tsvangirai when the coup was taking place.

Maparamuro 1 month ago

With effect from October 2017, let's go🤣😂


5 1 month ago

howlegitimateisthe current gvt


Gwetame 1 month ago

Veryillegitimate

ngorima mushava 1 month ago

it was long overdue,it should have been brought to Law long time ago....


VLAD 1 month ago

Uri ****

VLAD 1 month ago

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Tang ku 1 month ago

I myself as a Zimbabwean I can not be threatened by such undemocratic moves the only thing I understand is when the government failes to resolve the economic problems it suspect oppositions of having blocking it , but can not going back to the drawing board and find out the cause , Zimbabweans need a democratic government not a government that behave like ghosts from the graves ,if zanupf continue iltreat the citizens I assure you that the citizens shall revolt one day in life mark my words


Mhazi of Silobela 1 month ago

saka ukatorerwa citizenship unozodii? is that not a basic human right as enshrined in the UN charter.

hameno

Visit Silobela
Vote CCC


Tupac 1 month ago

You become a freedom fighter

chasser 1 month ago

zvnyu zvkundkumbira ma sanctions this time mtongoziva kut mototsvaka nekwekugara ikko


Whatiknow 1 month ago

What I know is that lyf is nonti bot. If iti what bot, maybi by now wi corud bi still living with a guy from the 1st century. Hahahaha 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 we ol dye even if we tell others thati you are nothing.


Dzvamu 1 month ago

The vigour they show in amending laws that suit their agenda is out of this world. Why not just realign the whole constitution.


Jeremiah Mafirakureva 1 month ago

Laws made by the rich & powerful are designed to protect the rich & the powerful by safeguarding the status quo favourable only to their interests.
Such laws are however, not cast in stone and are therefore are subject to constitutional review in times appropriate and relevant.
Remember Smith & Botha had such kind of apartheid laws and where are they now?
Power corrupts
Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Change is but constant



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