National security legislation under spotlight

By Wellington Makonese     

RESEARCH has been cited as key towards boosting parliament’s capacity to contribute to national security.

Presenting a paper on Parliament’s oversight role and contribution to national security at the Zimbabwe National Defence University this Thursday, the speaker of Parliament, Advocate Jacob Mudenda stressed the importance of research in strengthening parliament and the security service sector’s response to threats.

“The ZNDU must work hand in glove with Parliament in dissecting what is of national interest, it should ensure national security policy that meets international law. But on the part of ZNDU should conduct empirical research and share with cabinet as it is an engine room that pass legitimacy to anything of national interest,” said Advocate Mudenda.

Advocate Mudenda added that Legislation alone is not enough to deter national security threats.

“Parliament work on laws but laws are not enough to guarantee national security, hence section. 305 of the constitution provides for allocation of resources to various institutions to be able to play their roles in looking out for potential threats,” said the speaker of Parliament.