By Muzvare Betty Makoni.
London. (News of The South) – There is a social media storm on whether opposition members who are lawyers should represent members of Zanu PF facing criminal corruption charges and misuse of office during Mr Mugabe’s era. Below is my view influenced from where I live and work.
UK has a very good model of training professoonals and ensuring they are living to their ethics and values. Most professionals are registered with their regulatory authorities and their activities are diligently scrutinised. I am very impressed with investment made by UK in bringing up professionals who are anti oppressive and anti discriminatory.
If you are a GP or doctor you don’t treat people according to political parties they belong to. You don’t even know or ask which political party they belong to. Patients are just patients and they get same help whether they are from Labour or Conservative.
If you are a social worker you dont ask someone which political party they belong to before you assess and intervene. Even if you become aware which political party they belong to but as a professional your role is to help a person and not political party.
The same goes with lawyers, judges and court workers. When you see the accused you don’t think about their political affiliation. As a lawyer your role is to gather as much evidence as you can to defend your client. Law is neutral because in the past some people have been falsely accused. When clients seek lawyers to defend them they choose good lawyers whetner they are Zanu or MDC. A good lawyer is important when you face serious crime.
Let’s not box professionals into political parties. Political maturity is necessary in Zimbabwe. Professionals hold institutions accountable. They are trained to do that. The reason why people study medicine,law or social work is to help humanity and just everyone. When you stand accused in court you are not a member of a political party but an individual who must be heard. You choose lawyer to represent you and trust your lawyer is competent and value for money. Also everyone of us is innocent until proven guilty.
Professionals are not politicians. They are trained individuals with values who serve all humanity. UK has the best professional model to learn from.
MuzvareBettyMakoni-MBM is a social critic
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