Mugabe’s use of Presidential decree a show of ‘bad governance’


Innocent Gonese

By Tichaona Sibanda
SW Radio Africa
14 January 2014

The MDC-T chief whip Innocent Gonese has said Robert Mugabe’s use of a Presidential decree to amend laws, shows bad governance on the part of ZANU PF.

Mugabe invoked the Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) Act to amend the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, which will see life imprisonment for sea piracy.

Through another decree Mugabe used his powers to gazette the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act. The law is designed to give legal effect in Zimbabwe to country’s obligations under the United Nations Protocol to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children.

Gonese, the MDC-T MP for Mutare central, told SW Radio Africa on Tuesday that there should be no rush to use the Presidential decree when Parliament was reconvening.

“We need robust debate in Parliament where each party is allowed to make its own input on issues that affect Zimbabweans. To invoke presidential powers in a Parliament that is less than a year old is not only unfortunate but a serious indictment on ZANU PF’s way of conducting business,” he said.

The MDC-T’s shadow Home Affairs minister, Lilian Timveos said the tendency to rule by decree, without adequately consulting Parliament, has the overall effect of subverting the democratic values enshrined in the new constitution.

“The continuous use of Presidential Powers stifles democratic debate and public participation on crucial issues. This has become a hallmark of the present administration, with detrimental effects for the nation and for other countries as well,” Timveos said in a statement.

3 Responsesto “Mugabe’s use of Presidential decree a show of ‘bad governance’”

  1. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    The ZANU PF led government has a majority in parliament. It can pass any legislation it considers in the best interests of the country without any meaningful opposition. It can do anything it wants under the sun without the use of a Presidential decree.

    Innocent Gonese and Lilian Timveos are simply ignorant that ZANU PF can legislate laws without seeking the views of the opposition political parties of this country who are a tiny minority in the House of Parliament. The opposition political parties in this country can not influence anything in this House of Assembly. They are a tiny minority that can not influence change in Parliament. In fact, they have been completely overwhelmed by ZANU PF to the extent they have no voice at all in Parliament. A two-third majority that ZANU PF enjoys in Parliament is no joke ladies and gentlemen. It is serious business.

    The view of Gonese and Timveos, whatever that name means, is just cheap talk of politicians whose political party, MDC-T lost the election dismally and now want to get at Robert Mugabe for their misfortune. Well, that is politics and they should get used to it until such time they contest the elections and loose again in 2018.

    • Common Sense says:

      Yet again you miss the point with your arrogance and ignorance.

      Yes, we all KNOW he CAN setup these decrees, but if he had an ounce of democracy, he would even let his own ZPF people review and align and support new laws.

      He simply demonstrates that he was to rule by decree like the true dictator he is. Anyway, he won’t be issuing many more by the looks of things so we give less of a crap know

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        Mugabe does not need to use presidential decrees at all. His party already commands a two third majority in Parliament that enables it to pass any legislation that is needed in the national interests.

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