JOMIC Useless

JOMIC is a principal body formed in January 2009 between three political parties namely Zanu (PF), MDC-T, the smaller faction of the MDC in the coalition government to deal with the issues of compliance and monitoring of the Global Political Agreement (GPA). The parties agreed to channel all complaints, grievances, concerns and issues relating to compliance with the GPA through JOMIC.

Addressing members of the civic society at a meeting organised here by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) on Thursday evening, Khumalo said JOMIC was just a toothless dog and no one respects it.

“I really agree with people who call our committee a toothless dog because we have no powers. We need laws which give us authority as JOMIC to punish a party which would have undermined the GPA.

“We have been writing letters to political parties and to some government Ministries to comply with our resolutions which we made as JOMIC but they just throw them away, because they know we can’t do anything,” said Khumalo.

Khumalo also said some people even chase JOMIC members away from their offices and they can not do anything.

Last week JOMIC said it will set up a 24 hour political violence hotline as it moves to curb rising incidences of political violence in Harare and its surrounding areas.

The meeting was also attended by Zanu (PF)’s Harare chairperson Amos Midzi, MDC-T‘s provincial chairman Morgan Femai and Chris Monera of MDC.

Khumalo said JOMIC will next week on Monday meet and brief the South African mediation team on political violence in the country.