Mnangagwa pushes for criminalization of democratic uprisings

via Mnangagwa pushes for criminalization of democratic uprisings | SW Radio Africa by Mthulisi Mathuthu on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa has called for the criminalization of popular uprisings, such as occurred in North Africa, during which many oppressive regimes have been swept away.

Mnangagwa made his call during a meeting of legal experts from the African Union member states which was held in Ethiopia recently.

Reports said other legal experts argued that people have a right to change tyrannical governments and proposed that the AU should cease banning revolutions necessitated by repressive rule. But Mnangagwa expressed his reservations about the proposal and called for the criminalization of the uprisings.

The AU, which has been criticized for overlooking repressive rule in some of its member states, has tasked legal experts to look into how the body can deal with unconstitutional changes of governments. The move comes after repressive governments in countries like Egypt, Libya and Tunisia were toppled during the so-called Arab Spring uprisings.

However, despite Zimbabwe’s resistance the Peace and Security Council of the AU has adopted a new definition of popular uprisings which describes them ‘as expression of people’s free will against oppressive government or lack of adherence to the rule of law in their countries.’ It will now be tabled before the Assembly of the AU.

Zimbabwe is seen as a repressive regime with elections routinely marred by violence and the outcomes disputed. The police and the army act with impunity disrupting peaceful gatherings such as prayer meetings, discussion forums and demonstrations.

Is ZANU PF getting nervous of a popular uprising?

 

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    Behold Zimbabwe, your future President!

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    Tjingababili 8 years ago

    KEEP HIM OUT OF THHE PRESIDENCY, THIS DICTATORIAL MONSTER!

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    This is so typical of ZANU-PF – they themselves don’t follow the law, but they pass laws that they expect everyone else to follow! These are criminals making criminals of everyone else so that they can control the public.

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    Kabunga 8 years ago

    Makes one wonder how frightened they are of an uprising?

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    Chaka 8 years ago

    How insecure they are. The devil is controlling them. God is on our side. Blessed is he who trusts on the Lord

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    Justice 8 years ago

    Best he shows the world his true colours now!

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    Kanganwiro 8 years ago

    After seeing his famed riot police being humiliated in Budiriro, Mnangagwa is understandably shaking in his pants. Vanhu we hakuna chinouya takarara

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    What is bad for Mnangagwa is definitely good Zimbabweans!

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    tendai 8 years ago

    Zanu-Pf bigwigs are always using their drugged and jobless youths to cause havoc while they sit pretty. They are trying to potray as if they are finding some useful work for these youths but to destroy the economy once more. If the allegations in the church were true …then a police inquiry would have taken place in the proper channels. This to me seems it’s anorher rival fighting with one faction having the backup of Zanoids and police. You don’t solve a problem by violence.

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    The AU has a habit of disappointing the people of Africa by siding with individual leaders rather than upholding principles of governance.

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    Mukanya 8 years ago

    The “CROCODILE” is a dictatorial monster in the making

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    Chitova weGona 8 years ago

    To all peace loving Zimbabweans, let us not allow a creature like Mnangagwa near State House or else there will be genocide.Why on earth should he call for such demonic laws? What is he scared of? Is Gukurahundi atrocities haunting him? He must surely be made to pay with his own blood,he has gone too far. What is the difference between him and the former colonial oppressors? They were even better to some degree because people could get jobs and feed their families. He is sick to say the least.

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      Talking of genocide, he is the chief architect of organised murder in an unprecedented scale in Zimbabwe. The most cruel and feared central committee member of Zanu. He has headed the CIO,has extensive connections with the military. In essence, he is actually the leader of the country. Even Robert, is deeply scared of him.

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        Kevin Watson 8 years ago

        Mnangagwa along with Mugabe and Shiri were responsible for the Gukuruhandi. He has blood on his hands.

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    biend 8 years ago

    Wow he is even shameless to stand up to say people should not express their will.Africa is finally seeing the light,if this really passes we will have less and less Dictators

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    mandevu 8 years ago

    Your time is up

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    Senzachena 8 years ago

    If we think RGM is bad, wait for the crocodile.

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    Dzatsva 8 years ago

    “Kuvhunduka chati kwata hunge uine katurikwa”,freedoms of association and expression are basic human rights universally justice minister or are you Monister?

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    munzwa 8 years ago

    Monster of Justice…

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    Of course he is going to call for this. ZPF are petrified of an uprising. No government would have to fear an arab spring if they governed their nations correctly. God’s judgment is falling. ZPF needs deep repentance as does the whole of Zimbabwe. No repentance! No restoration. It would be better of mnanagagwa were to fear God before he fears an arab spring.

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    When the time arrives they will never see it coming ,they were caught pants down by the Budiriro mapositori.that is what going to happen,you can’t keep on pushing the people on the corner.chibhakera chegwara chino uraya

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    Kevin Watson 8 years ago

    Mnangawa’s true colours are apparent, he doesn’t want democracy. That’s why he has been responsible for the violence in 2008 and stealing the election in 2013. He is also stupid,ignorant and lazy because if he read the existing laws he would have discovered they are already illegal.