By Chipo Gudhe
A Kwekwe based human rights activist has raised concern over “government’s rush” to hold public bill consultations against other pressing issues like the fight against Covid 19 pandemic.
Zimbabwe recently relaxed Covid 19 restrictions allowing gatherings of less than 50 people, a development that parliament has ridden on in its bill consultations.
Last month the Justice Parliamentary Committee held consultations on the Constitution Amendment No.2 Bill which has been followed hotly on the heels by the Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill running from 6 to 10 July 2020.
Emmanuel Nkosilathi Moyo an outspoken activist speaking at a public Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill consultation at Mbizo Youth Centre today (Thursday), scorned the idea of holding public consultations when the country is grappling to contain the deadly Covid 19 virus.
Moyo said the consultations were ill timed.
“Why are we focusing on holding consultations and changing the laws. Why is government prioritizing bills and constitutional amendments whilst the country is gripped by the Covid 19 pandemic?” Moyo said.
Moyo said there was no sincerity in the public consultations as the processes were flawed.
“These public consultations are a farce. It’s all lies or a myth we have a fear of facing reality, real issues are not being addressed,” he said.
According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care there are 734 confirmed Covid- 19 cases, 197 recoveries with 528 active cases and 9 deaths as at 7 July 2020 highlights.
The Cyber Security Bill seeks to regularize the use of the internet.