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Ex-Political Prisoners, Detainees, and Restrictees Act [Chapter 17:10]
Act 22/2004
December 24, 2004

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Published as Act No. 20 of 2004 in the Government Gazette of 24th December, 2004.
Commencement: not yet in force, date still to be fixed in terms of section 1(2).


CHAPTER 17:10

EX-POLITICAL PRISONERS, DETAINEES, AND RESTRICTEES ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

Section

1. Short title and date of commencement.
2. Interpretation.
3. Ex-Political Prisoners, Detainees and Restrictees Fund.
4. Income of Fund.
5. Object of Fund.
6. Application of Fund.
7. Benefits and establishment of schemes.
8. Holding of Fund.
9. Payments out of Fund.
10. Accounts and audit of Fund.
11. Establishment of Ex-Political Prisoners, Detainees and Restrictees Board.
12. Functions of Board.
13. Powers of Board.
14. Reports of Board.
15. Vetting Committee.
16. Appeals from decisions of Board.
17. Minister may give directions to Board.
18. Inalienability of assistance.
19. Director of Ex-Political Prisoners, Detainees and Restrictees and other staff.
20. Beneficiary to report receipt of assistance from any other source.
21. Offences and penalties.
22. Repayment of sums overpaid.
23. Regulations.
SCHEDULE : Provisions applicable to the Board.

ACT
To provide for the establishment of schemes for the provision of assistance to ex-political prisoners, detainees and restrictees and their dependants; to provide for the establishment of a fund to finance such assistance; to provide for the constitution and functions of the Ex-Political Prisoners, Detainees and Restrictees Board; and to provide for matters incidental to or connected with the foregoing.

ENACTED by the President and the Parliament of Zimbabwe.

1 Short title and date of commencement
(1) This Act may be cited as the Ex-Political Prisoners, Detainees and Restrictees Act [Chapter 17:10].

(2) This Act shall come into operation on a date to be fixed by the President by statutory instrument.

2 Interpretation
In this Act—

“assistance” means any assistance rendered out of the Fund to an ex-political prisoner, detainee or restrictee or a dependant of a living or deceased ex-political prisoner, detainee or restrictee;

“Board” means the Ex-Political Prisoners, Detainees and Restrictees Board established by section eleven;
“dependant”, means—

(a) a child, including a step-child, legally adopted child or child born posthumously, who has not attained the age of eighteen years and is or was at the date of death of the ex-political prisoner, detainee or restrictee dependent upon him or her for support; or
(b) a widow or widower of an ex-political prisoner, detainee, or restrictee;
as the case may be;

“Director” means the Director responsible for Ex-Political Prisoners, Detainees and Restrictees’ benefits referred to in section nineteen;

“ex-political prisoner, detainee or restrictee” means any person who after the 1st January, 1959, was imprisoned, detained, or restricted in Zimbabwe for a period of at least six months, or for two or more periods amounting to not less than six months, for political activity in connection with the bringing about of Zimbabwe’s independence on the 18th April, 1980;

“Fund” means the Ex-Political Prisoners, Detainees and Restrictees Fund established by subsection (1) of section three;

“Minister” means the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare or any other Minister to whom the President may, from time to time, assign the administration of this Act;

“registered”, in relation to an ex-political prisoner, detainee or restrictee, means included in the register kept in terms of paragraph (a) section twelve;

“scheme” means a scheme established in terms of section seven;

“vocational training” includes any form of education or training which, in the opinion of the Minister, will permit an ex-political prisoner, detainee or restrictee to support himself or herself and his or her dependants or will increase his or her capacity to do so.

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