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assents to four Bills
September 06, 2004
which sailed through Parliament in June this year, have now become
law after President Mugabe assented to them, according to a Government
Gazette published last week.
In a notice in the Gazette, Chief Secretary to the President and
Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda said Cde Mugabe has assented to the Radiation
Protection Act, Acquisition of Farm Equipment and Material Act,
Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Act (Debt Assumption) and the
Administrative Justice Act.
The Radiation Protection Act, which seeks to establish an authority
to regulate and control the use of ionising radiation by separating
radiation safety from chemical safety, was passed by Parliament
in June without amendment.
The Act seeks to set up the Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe
to regulate the use of ionised radiation.
The ZBC Act (Debt Assumption) seeks to pave way for the State to
undertake obligations arising from the corporation’s debt following
its restructuring and commercialisation, sailed through Parliament
in June again without amendments.
The Minister of State for Information and Publicity in the Office
of the President and Cabinet, Professor Jonathan Moyo, had argued
in Parliament that since ZBC (now Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings)
was undergoing restructuring, it was not possible for the subsidiaries
of the corporation to inherit the historic debt.
The minister said this while responding to concerns raised by Members
of Parliament during the committee stage of the Bill. He said the
corporation had not received a grant from the Government since 1994
and had managed to continue operating under very difficult conditions.
The Acquisition of Farm Equipment and Material Act seeks to pave
way for the acquisition of idle farm equipment and material.
The Act is in response to the successful land reform programme embarked
upon by the Government, which saw a lot of farm equipment and material
previously used on the acquired farms lying idle because of the
prohibitive purchase costs of the equipment or material.
The farm equipment referred includes movable properties such as
irrigation equipment not embedded in the ground, ploughs, disc harrows,
trailers, combine harvesters, tobacco curers, pumps, sprinklers,
among other equipment.
The Administration of Justice Act seeks to confer on all persons
the right to administrative action that is lawful, reasonable and
procedurally fair. The Bill sailed through with some amendments.
The Act also provides for relief against administrative action contrary
to its provisions, which include review of administrative decisions
by a competent court.
The Act is also intended to impose upon the State the duty to encourage
efficient administration and good governance and create a culture
Under the Act, administrative authorities would be obliged to justify
the administrative actions and administrative decisions that they
take, thereby giving effect to the right to dispassionate action.
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