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Parliament resumes sitting
The Herald (Zimbabwe)
August 13, 2004

THE Fifth Session of the Fifth Parliament of Zimbabwe began on Wednesday on a high note with nearly 100 legislators attending to debate issues of national importance.

The Members of Parliament observed a minute of silence in memory of the late Seke MP, Mr Bennie Tumbare-Mutasa (MDC), who died last month after an illness.

Heated debates are expected in the House during this session, the last before parliamentary elections scheduled for March next year.

Several Bills would be presented during this session, among them the Health Services Board Bill which seeks to create a board that would determine appropriate conditions of service for public health workers.

A Bill to repeal the Private Voluntary Organisations Act and replace it with a new law that would create a council for the macro-management of non-governmental organisations would also be tabled during this session.

Before adjourning last month during the Fourth Session of the Fifth Parliament of Zimbabwe, the House passed a number of Bills and adopted motions of crucial importance.

Among the Bills that were passed was the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Amendment Bill that provides for 21 days in custody for suspects involved in economic crimes such as corruption and externalisation of foreign currency.

One of the most notable motions adopted by the House was one calling upon the Government to institute an inquiry into the alleged treasonous activities of the MDC following the admission by British Prime Minister Mr Tony Blair that he was working with the opposition party to subvert the democratically elected Government of Zimbabwe.

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