BREAKING: Cabinet Okays Law That Criminalises Conversations With Foreign Govts
27 October 2020
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The cabinet of Zimbabwe has approved a bill that among others criminalises conversations with foreign governments. Below was the announcement roll by information minister Monica Mutsvangwa:

According to the Constitution, the foreign policy of Zimbabwe must be based on the promotion & protection of the national interests of Zimbabwe; respect for international law; peaceful co-existence with other nations & the settlement of international disputes by peaceful means.

It was noted that the current law does not criminalise the unauthorized communication or negotiation by private citizens with foreign governments.Such communication or negotiation has a direct or indirect implication on Zimbabwe’s foreign relations and policy.

Other actions that will become punishable include planned and timed protests deliberately designed to coincide with major international, continental or regional events or visits. Unsubstantiated claims of torture and abductions will also be criminalised.

The amendments will criminalise the conduct of isolated citizens or groups who, for self-gain co-operate or connive with hostile foreign governments to inflict suffering on Zimbabwean citizens and to cause damage to national interests.

Cabinet considered and approved the amendments to the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act [Chapter 9 :23]