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'Prisoners Don't Have Voting Rights'

'Prisoners Don't Have Voting Rights'

Prisoners have no right to vote and people should not commit crimes if they want to vote during elections, a cabinet minister has said.

Responding to questions from journalists at a recent Cabinet press briefing, Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi said people who are serving prison terms have lost certain rights. He said:

Coming to the question on prisoners’ privilege to vote, Honourable Chair, once you become prisoner certain rights no longer accrue to you.

And within our current laws our prisoners do not have the right to vote, so if you want the right to vote don’t commit a crime.

Meanwhile, Cabinet on Tuesday approved the principles of the Prisons and Correctional Services Bill that had been presented by Ziyambi.

Speaking at the same post-Cabinet media briefing, Ziyambi said the proposed changes will enable the government to establish open prisons for pregnant women and for infants. Said Ziyambi:

In the new Bill, we are creating several prisons or community centres that are more like open prisons and we are targeting to have certain categories for pregnant women and those with infants to go there.

So, we are coming up within the Bill several decongestion mechanisms that will cater for some of those categories that are vulnerable to ensure that they are a bit comfortable besides the fact that the budget we were given as ministry for justice, the bulk of that money is for prisons and correction services.

As Zimbabwe holds by-elections on Saturday, 26 March 2022, one thing for certain is that the thousands of people who are currently in prisons won’t vote.

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13 Comments

CCC member 1 month ago

You all know kuti mukati va vhote havaise x paZanu.......😂😂😂😂😂😂😂Ziyambi uri D****o


Mark 1 month ago

@Tkt and @Goldie and many others

For the past week or so I've steadily noticed that there seems to be a faction that is very much against the Bush Lawyer for some unknown reason. Can you please all stop it?

I find it embarrassing that most of you would stoop so low as to verbally assault, mimick him incorrectly and dare insult a person who freely gives analysis based on the understanding of the law. As far as I'm concerned, not one of you who attack the Bush Lawyer have said anything logical since the day this platform was created. The saddest thing is that while you guys may argue that he is too old to be using the platform, I find it very disgusting that you actually find the time to insult an old man simply because you don't like what he said.
He mainly gives off analysis and stays out of your way yet you feel entitled to insult him. I feel so disappointed knowing that we have grown men and women who act irrationally when something they don't like is said.

Please... if anyone doesn't like The Bush Lawyer's analysis just type @Mark then tell me directly what don't you like about it because it's now becoming out of hand. Insult me personally and tell me what you hate about The Bush Lawyer, leave the old man alone


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI ex 1 month ago

I HUMBLY ASK TO DISRESPECT SENIOR ADVOCATE ZIYAMBI ZIYAMBI FOR TELLING PARLIAMENT THAT PRISONERS LOST THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE AS SOON AS THEY BECAME PRISONERS.

THIS BUSH LAWYER WOULD LIKE TO ASK ADVOCATE ZIYAMBI ZIYAMBI TO QUOTE CHAPTER, SECTION, SUB SECTION, PARAGRAPH OR SUBPARAGRAPH WHICH SAYS PRISONERS HAVE NO RIGHT TO VOTE. HE IS A SENIOR ADVOCATE.

WHAT IS CLEAR IS THAT PRISONERS LOSE THEIR RIGHT TO MOVEMENT AND NO OTHER RIGHT SHOULD BE LOST BY PRISONERS. OUR GOVERNMENT IS USED TO THIS TYPE OF TREATMENT TO ITS CITIZENS. IN THIS COUNTRY DIASPORANS RIGHTS TO VOTE HAS BEEN STOLEN BY THE STATE.

THE RULING PARTY TELLS DIASPORANS TO COME BACK HOME, REGISTER AND THEN COME BACK TO VOTE AT THE MATERIAL TIME. WHAT HOGWASH THINKING IS THIS ?

ZANU PF GOVERNMENT IS SUFFOCATING PRISONERS' AND DIASPORANS'RIGHT TO VOTE BECAUSE THEY VERY WELL KNOW THAT MOST PRISONERS AND DIASPORANS DO NOT VOTE FOR THE REPRESSIVE ZANU PF.

[ TWO DAYS TO GO:: DO NOT VOTE ZANU PF. DO NOT VOTE MWONZORA. VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ].

YOURS TRULY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ]


CCC 1 month ago

ziyambi you must be in prison


Worzell Gummidge 1 month ago

What about accused persons in remand detention awaiting trial? Accused persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. So why take away their right to vote when they are still presumed innocent? In any case, no prisoner would vote Zanu Pf given the inhuman & degrading conditions of Zimbabwean prisons.


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The Adjudicator 1 month ago

Iwe unozviti @ pindula chete don't yu hve anything better other than repeatedly posting yo empty talk .
This platform is not yo playground.nxaa!!!


Di Genius 1 month ago

iwe jonhi ndikaisa Zita rekuti pindula zvakureva kuti yato yangu here platform iyi

John 1 month ago

Are you ****. It's their platform. They can post whatever they want. Create your own platform so u can post better things you f*cking ****

Tanu Mark Finnity 1 month ago

This minister is just busy telling ppl that prisoners are not allowed to vote. Truth is that prisoners have every right to vote they are also Zimbabweans so why refusing them of their right to vote. To this so called minister the truth shall set us free very soon and all your dirty corruption and poor leadership will come to an end mark my words God is watching his not a drunkard or a marijuana smoker


CCC YELLOW HULK RELOADED 1 month ago

As you know we the cry baby party will claim to have forced the inmates to vote for Zanu of and we cannot prove it


The King of Serpents 1 month ago

With the level of human rights abuses and torture in Zimbabwean prisons, no prisoner would ever vote for ZANU pf. Saka the ruling party will never give prisoners the right to vote.


Who cares 1 month ago

🤔🤔no right to vote


Zvazvanga zvingori 1 month ago

What of those in the diaspora.The system is very very happy in taking remittances from them and economically they are aiding this ailing economy meaning they are contributing to the development of Zimbabwe but they are not allowed to vote why, something is just wrong here



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