The bill was drafted within the framework of the party’s growing demands for security sector reform The party tabled its demands for security sector reform during the ongoing talks for an electoral roadmap for the country demanding among other things the regulation of the operations of the talks.
During the talks, Zanu PF threw the ball in its court saying it did not know how to regulate the CIO and therefore the party has to come up with a draft bill to guide the discussion on CIO operations.
“We have got a draft bill already which in our own opinion should regulate the operations of the intelligence,” said Tendai Biti, mainstream MDC Secretary General.
“There is nothing new about what we are doing; we have used precedence from South Africa and other countries with a regulatory framework. The issue is not about regulating their operations and say, you should follow this one and tap this phone that’s not the issue. The issue is that the institution definitely must be accountable to parliament that’s all we are saying.”
Depending on how it will be received by the Global Political Agreement (GPA) parties, the bill should be presented before parliament and enacted into law if all goes well.
The party has in the past accused the CIO, police and army for deliberately targeting its members to break their political spirit. The party in a document sent to the Joint Implementation Committee (JOMIC) last month chronicles how its members were abducted and murdered in political raids in 2008.
The party blames the attacks on the security arms of the state. It also believes that the continuing violence in the country is being sponsored by the state and executed by security apparatus.
The State Security Minister, Sydney Sekeramayi, is in charge of the CIO.