Government sources told Zimbo Today.com that this law, which would come into effect as soon as August this year, would allow only institutionsâ€”both public and private to own a flag, but not private individuals. This would apply to all flags regardless of size and material it is made from.
â€œOnce the ban comes into effect, all citizens would be given a deadline by which they should surrender all flags after which it would become a serious offence for anyone to be found in possession of the national flag,â€ an official in the ministry of Justice, where the draft law is been worked, told Zimbo Today.com. â€œThis would include having flags on or in cars as well as those that citizens have, of late, been using to drape themselves,â€ she said, adding that offenders would be jailed for upto three years.
The move has certainly been necessitated by Pastor Evan Mawarire and his #ThisFlag movement who have teamed up with another movement, #Tajamuka, to mobilise people against President Mugabeâ€™s misrule. ZANU-PF has already started banning its members from using the social media as it tries its best to keep its followers in the dark.
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