VP Mnan­gagwa launches hu­man anti-traf­fick­ing ac­tion plan

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Lloyd Gumbo Harare Bureau

THE Gov­ern­ment has launched the National Plan of Ac­tion on Hu­man Traf­fick­ing (NAPLAC) as it con­sol­i­dates its fight against the scourge fol­low­ing re­ports that hun­dreds of Zim­bab­weans were be­ing traf­ficked.

Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa launched the plan that is an­chored on four pil­lars — pros­e­cu­tion, preven­tion, pro­tec­tion and part­ner­ship — and runs from 2016 to 2018.

The launch of the plan, which is in line with pro­vi­sions of the Traf­fick­ing in Per­sons Act, co­in­cided with the World Day Against Traf­fick­ing in Per­sons com­mem­o­ra­tions which were held yes­ter­day in­stead of today, July 30.

In a speech read on his be­half by For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sim­barashe Mum­bengegwi, VP Mnan­gagwa said Zim­babwe was alive to the threats of hu­man traf­fick­ing, hence en­act­ment of leg­is­la­tion that seeks to curb the scourge.

He said the coun­try en­acted the Traf­fick­ing in Per­sons Act and ac­ceded to a pro­to­col to pre­vent and sup­press traf­fick­ing in per­sons, es­pe­cially women and chil­dren who were the most af­fected.

This comes against the back­drop of rev­e­la­tions that hun­dreds of Zimbabwean women were traf­ficked to Kuwait.

“In line with the Traf­fick­ing in Per­sons Act, the Gov­ern­ment of Zim­babwe has been pre­oc­cu­pied with this sit­u­a­tion and has fa­cil­i­tated the repa­tri­a­tion of the vic­tims of traf­fick­ing,” said VP Mnan­gagwa.

“To date, a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of vic­tims have been as­sisted to re­turn to Zim­babwe.

“We have re­ports that more still need to be as­sisted to re­turn and the Gov­ern­ment is work­ing on dif­fer­ent modal­i­ties to fa­cil­i­tate the safe re­turn of our cit­i­zens.

“I there­fore want to take this op­por­tu­nity to un­der­score the need for stake­holder co­or­di­na­tion in ac­cor­dance with the national leg­isla­tive and in­sti­tu­tional frame­work in place.”

Vice Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa hailed co­op­er­at­ing part­ners who helped in the de­vel­op­ment of the NAPLAC and the anti-traf­fick­ing in­ter-min­is­te­rial com­mit­tee for rais­ing aware­ness against the vice.

“Let me reaf­firm Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to sup­port, co­or­di­nate and suc­cess­fully im­ple­ment the National Plan of Ac­tion.

“On be­half of the Gov­ern­ment of the Repub­lic of Zim­babwe, I wish to ex­tend my grat­i­tude to our co­op­er­at­ing part­ners in the draft­ing of the National Plan of Ac­tion, who com­prise the In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Mi­gra­tion, United Na­tions Of­fice on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Sadc sec­re­tariat,” said VP Mnan­gagwa.

He said com­mem­o­ra­tions of the World Day against Hu­man Traf­fick­ing was im­por­tant in the sense that au­thor­i­ties raised aware­ness on the plight of vic­tims of hu­man traf­fick­ing as well as pro­mo­tion and pro­tec­tion of their rights as re­solved by mem­ber states.

In his re­marks, Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Dr Ig­natius Chombo said the NAPLAC hinged on pros­e­cu­tion, preven­tion, pro­tec­tion and part­ner­ship.

“We hope it will be ef­fec­tively im­ple­mented and that the in­for­ma­tion on hu­man traf­fick­ing cas­cades to grass­roots lev­els, thereby pro­tect­ing all our cit­i­zens es­pe­cially women and chil­dren even in the re­motest parts of our coun­try,” said Min­is­ter Chombo.

Pub­lic Ser­vice, Labour and So­cial Wel­fare Min­is­ter Prisca Mup­fu­mira said Zim­babwe had wit­nessed an in­crease in hu­man traf­fick­ing as per­pe­tra­tors took ad­van­tage of so­cio-eco­nomic chal­lenges to lure un­sus­pect­ing vic­tims.

“My min­istry will con­tinue to en­gage the rel­e­vant play­ers to find a long last­ing so­lu­tion to this can­cer, which has rav­aged our so­ci­ety,” she said.

“To the beloved women who left the coun­try in search of greener pas­tures, al­low me to de­clare that you are sur­vivors.

“The Gov­ern­ment will sup­port you to see your­selves again, not as ob­jects, but per­sons de­serv­ing re­spect and whose value is in­her­ent.”

VP Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa

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