The Zimbabwe Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Hon. Musabayana has revealed that he is not aware of the African Union Protocol on the Rights of Older Persons which was was adopted by the African Union on 31 August 2016.
The Minister said this during a Senate sitting whilst responding to a question by Honourable Senator Zivira on 12 March 2020. Hon. Sen. Zivira asked “My question is directed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. When is Zimbabwe signing the Protocol on the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Older Persons otherwise known as the Protocol on the Rights of Older Persons which was adopted by AU on 31st January 2016? Thank you.”
In response the Deputy Minister said “I want to thank the Hon. Member for the question. Unfortunately, I think it is a bit of a specific question. I am not sure about that particular treaty but I will check with our records and see where it is and then come and update the House.”
The Senate President then asked that “Maybe I encourage the Hon. Senator that since it is a particular question, can you please put it in writing.”
Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights (MIHR) would like to applaud the Hon. Senator Zivira for asking the question as the signing of the Protocol will enhance rights of elderly people in Zimbabwe. MIHR has also been engaging MPs and Senators to push the government to ratify the protocol.