It is a criminal offence to manufacture or import the Zimbabwe flag without prior permission of the secretary for justice, legal and parliamentary affairs.
A local organisation says one can be jailed for one year or fined $300. Veritas, which provides information on the work of Parliament and the laws of Zimbabwe, did the research after local government minister and Zanu PF’s political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere, threatened protectors with arrest over the national flag.
“In addition to section 4 of the Constitution, there are two such laws: the Flag of Zimbabwe Act and the Flag of Zimbabwe (General) Regulations [SI 194/1987] made by the President under the Act,” Veritas said.
“The Act makes it a criminal offence for anyone to burn, mutilate or otherwise insult the Flag (or a reproduction or likeness of it) in circumstances which are calculated or likely to show disrespect for the Flag or bring it into disrepute. The maximum penalty on conviction is a fine not exceeding level 6 ($300) or imprisonment for one year or both,” the organisation said.
Veritas said the regulations make it a criminal offence to import or manufacture the flag, or apply the flag, reproduction or likeness of it, use the flag on any matter or thing, for the purposes of sale, without the prior permission of the secretary for justice, legal and parliamentary affairs.
“For permission to be granted, the secretary (of justice) must be satisfied that the activity in question will not bring the flag into disrepute, will not result in its excessive exploitation for commercial purposes and will not generally be contrary to the public interest”.