By Vanessa Nyambie
The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care says it has engaged the executive branch of government to seek a presidential pardon for person incarcerated for transmission of HIV charges under the now repealed Section 79.
Speaking to Great Dyke News the Committee’s Chairperson, Dr Ruth Labode said they engaging the President to grant presidential pardon as the law under which they were convicted has now been repealed.
Through a new marriage bill that was adopted by parliament this year Zimbabwe’s parliament repealed section 79 of the Criminal Law Code, which criminalized HIV transmission.
In 2019, Zimbabwe completed a legal environment assessment, which identified the criminalization of HIV transmission as a barrier to health care and a driver of stigma and discrimination for people living with HIV and other key populations.
It is estimated that 1.2 million of the 1.3 million people living with HIV in the country are now on life-saving medicines. AIDS-related deaths have decreased by 63% since 2010, with new HIV infections down by 66% over the same period.