Complaints Commission law on cards to flush out rogue soldiers
Cabinet has considered and approved the Principles for the Zimbabwe Independent Complaints Commission Bill aimed at curbing human rights violation perpetrated by members of the security forces.
“The objective is to provide for the establishment and functions of the Zimbabwe Independent Complaints Commission thereby operationalising section 210 of the Zimbabwe Constitution,” Cabinet resolved yesterday.
Section 210 of the Constitution says an “Act of Parliament must provide an effective and independent mechanism for the receiving and investigating complaints from members of the public about misconduct on the part of members of the security services, and for remedying any harm caused by such conduct”.
Speaking at a post-Cabinet briefing in Harare, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said the Commission will among other responsibilities investigate complaints by the public against members of the security services.
Meanwhile, Cabinet resolved that all state land earmarked for human settlements shall be managed through the Ministry responsible for National Housing and Social Amenities and the respective Local Authorities for ease of co-ordination and for accountability.
“All Local Authorities will be expected to have Spatial Planning Units manned by registered spatial planners,” Mutsvangwa said.
“This Committee and the sub-Council structures will be responsible for development planning, control and facilitation in each local planning area,” she continued.
“Cognisant that land is a finite resource, all productive agricultural land will be preserved as such. To curb settlement sprawl, forty per cent of land for human settlements development will be reserved for the construction of high-rise flats/buildings.”