By Staff Reporter
Pan-African Parliament (PAP) president Mr Roger Nkodo Dang yesterday described Zimbabwe’s transition as unparalleled, given the peaceful way in which it was executed.
He said it was important for the country to ensure that the forthcoming general elections were held in a peaceful environment.
In an interview with journalists after meeting President Mnangagwa at his Munhumutapa Offices in Harare, Mr Dang — whose term as head of PAP is set to end this May — congratulated the new administration.
“We came here to congratulate the new leaders and also congratulate the people of Zimbabwe who did very well,” he said.
“We have never seen the kind of transition we saw here in November, very peaceful transition and I think we have to congratulate the people in Zimbabwe in general.”
Mr Dang said his discussion with the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) centred on the forthcoming harmonised elections and the need for Zimbabwe as a member of PAP to ratify the Malabo Protocol.
The Malabo Protocol — also called the Protocol on Amendments to the Protocol on the Statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights — was adopted by the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, in June 2014.
It seeks to extend the jurisdiction of the ACJHR to try crimes under international law and transnational crimes.
Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda, who was accompanying Mr Dang’s delegation, said President Mnangagwa had indicated that he had signed the Malabo Protocol during the time when he was Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.
“We are waiting for the current Minister of Justice (Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi) now to bring the Protocol to Parliament so that we might ratify and comply with the requirements of the Malabo Protocol.”