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Parliament has passed the Trafficking in Persons Bill that seeks to domesticate the protocol to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially of women and children.

The National Assembly passed the Bill on Wednesday, while the Senate did the same yesterday without amendments.

This would enable Zimbabwe to avoid sanctions from the Financial Action Taskforce (FAT) and other countries that have already passed the law.

The Bill would now be sent to President Mugabe for signing.

Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi steered the motion for adoption of the Bill saying the country could not afford further delay.

“It is critical for this House to pass the Bill because the implications of not passing it will have far reaching consequences because FAT will impose sanctions on us for lack of co-operation,” said Minister Mohadi.

As a result, senators across the political divide overwhelmingly endorsed the Bill without amendments.

MDC-T senator for Manicaland, Mr Patrick Chitaka said failure to pass the law would make Zimbabwe susceptible to human traffickers.

“We have so many Nigerian expatriates here so if we don’t pass the law what stops those thugs called Boko Haram from selling the girls here?” he said.

Senator Chitaka added that future, there would be need to amend the Bill and create a fund to go toward helping human trafficking victims.

Zanu-PF senator for Masvingo, Cde Shuvai Mahofa said Parliament should expedite passage of the law without amendments.

Her Mashonaland Central counterpart, Cde Alice Chimbudzi of Zanu-PF said Zimbabwe should not expose itself by failing to pass the law.

She implored other senators to approve the legislation without amendments.

MDC-T senator for Masvingo, Mr Misheck Marava added said it was heartening that the executive sought to expedite domesticating the law to avert the danger of human trafficking.

Mashonaland Central Senator Cde Damian Mumvuri (Zanu-PF) who is also chairperson of the Parliamentary Thematic Committee on Peace and Security said his committee had adequate time to scrutinise the Bill.

“This morning we had the permanent secretary (of Home Affairs- Melusi Matshiya) explaining to us about this Bill so there is no reason why we shouldn’t pass it because we scrutinised the Bill,” said Cde Mumvuri.

Source : The Herald