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  • Parliamentary Legal Committee adverse report on the NGO Bill [H.B. 13, 2004]
    Parliament of Zimbabwe
    November 09, 2004

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    Mr. Speaker Sir, the Parliamentary Legal Committee ("your committee.") considered the constitutionality of the Non- Governmental Organisations Bill, HB 13, 2004 ("The Bill") and regrets to report that in the opinion of the committee, the provisions of clauses 2, 9, 10, 11, 15, 17, 20, 22, 23, 24, 29 and 32 are inconsistent with the Constitution of Zimbabwe and therefore unconstitutional.

    Information on adverse reports
    An adverse report means that in the opinion of the PLC these Bills have clauses which contravene the Constitution. If Parliament votes to accept the adverse report of its Legal Committee the offending clauses have to go to the relevant Ministry for redrafting. But, Parliament does have the power to vote to ignore these adverse reports and agree to proceed to the second reading of the Bills.

    Ignoring of adverse reports would normally mean that the offending clauses of the Bill would be immediately challenged in the Supreme Court on the grounds of constitutionality. There is the danger though that these cases are now tending to be delayed for a long time, which could lead to the Bill of Rights in the Constitution being eroded.

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