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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
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
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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