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ministers, judges to declare assets
September 24, 2013
are today expected to debate President Robert Mugabe’s speech
that he made at the official opening of the first session of the
Eighth Parliament when it resumes sitting.
In his official
remarks setting the legislative agenda a fortnight ago, the President
would be required to align pieces of legislation to the new Constitution
that was voted for in a referendum on March 16.
The new Parliament
is dominated by Zanu-PF following its landslide
victory in the July 31 polls. According to a local leading lawyers’
grouping that monitors parliamentary issues, Veritas, only six of
the 29 Bills Mugabe mentioned had anything to do with aligning existing
laws with the new Constitution, or underpinning new constitutional
structures and institutions while other Bills were outstanding legislative
business from the previous Parliament.
Land Commission Bill will give legal underpinning to the establishment
of the Zimbabwe Land Commission, and its taking over the tasks and
role previously performed by the Agricultural Land Settlement Board.
296 and 297 of the Constitution
create the commission and list its functions,” Veritas
Anti-Corruption Commission Amendment Bill is necessary to align
existing provisions to the new Constitution. The President also
said that members of the commission would be required to adhere
to a strict code of ethics and also to publicly declare their personal
of assets requirements, Veritas proposed, should be enacted for
Cabinet ministers, judges and other holders of important public
Prosecuting Authority Bill would be bolstered by the establishment
of the National Prosecuting Authority as prescribed in the new Constitution
which would take over the functions previously performed by the
criminal division of the Attorney-General’s Office.
observed that Mugabe did not mention Bills for the other new commissions
set in the new Constitution such as the National Peace and Reconciliation
Commission (Constitution, sections 251 to 253) and the Zimbabwe
Gender Commission (Constitution, sections 245 to 247).
Mugabe did not
refer to the need for new Acts for provincial and metropolitan councils.
disappointing that the President’s speech made only token
references to what needs to be done to align existing legislation
with the new Constitution,” said Veritas.
that urgently require such alignment, but went unmentioned by the
President, include (the list is far from exhaustive) Citizenship
Act, Public Order
and Security Act, Criminal
Procedure and Evidence Act, Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act, Access
to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, University Acts,
Police Act, Defence Act, Prisons Act and the Electoral
several Acts, such as the Health Services Act, Medical Services
Act and Public Health Act, would need to be urgently amended to
reflect Mugabe’s call for the prevention of disease and afford
every Zimbabwean the right for health care treatment.
In his opening
speech, Mugabe also listed several Bills to cover education, banking,
insurance, consumer protection, poverty alleviation, business and
mining, among others.
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