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Last updated January 25, 2013

New procedure for Budget legislation
Veritas, Bill Watch 25
November 23, 2005

The constitutional changes require new procedures for the passing of Bills. Under the new procedure for "Money Bills", the Budget will be presented to the House of Assembly, and once the Estimates of Expenditure have been approved and the resulting Bills (the Appropriation and Finance Bills) have been passed by the House of Assembly, the Bills will be referred to the Senate. The Senate has no power to amend Money Bills; it can merely suggest amendments to the House of Assembly. If the Senate has not passed a Money Bill within eight days of initial referral to it, the House of Assembly is permitted to pass a resolution that the Bill be presented to the President for assent in the form in which it was passed by the House of Assembly, including amendments suggested by the Senate and accepted by the House of Assembly. It seems, therefore, that even with two Houses it will be possible for the Budget legislation to be dealt with by the end of December.

A major purpose of the Senate was to ensure that more time would be taken for the passage of Legislation which would also allow time for public debate and lobbying. This objective has not yet been fulfilled. Nor have the recommendations of Parliament's own reform committee to avoid the fast tracking of Legislation been followed.



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Access to Information and Protection of Privacy (AIPPA) Amendment Act

Access to Information and Protection of Privacy (AIPPA) Amendment Bill

The Bill makes some changes to those parts of the AIPPA dealing with the mass media and journalists. It does not affect provisions dealing with access to information held by public bodies [Parts II to VI].
50/2007 Act 20/2007 23-Jan-08 19-Dec-07 11-Jan-08 11-Jan-08 Effective
Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) To provide members of the public with a right of access to records and information held by
public bodies; to make public bodies accountable by giving the public a right to request
correction of misrepresented personal information; to prevent the unauthorised collection,
use or disclosure of personal information by public bodies; to protect personal privacy; to
provide for the regulation of the mass media; to establish a Media and Information
Commission and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental to the foregoing.
Act 5/2002. Amended by AIPPA Amendment Act 2003 effective 07-Jan-05   15-Mar-02 Effective
Acquisition of Farm Equipment or Material Act To provide for the acquisition of farm equipment or material not being used for agricultural purposes; to amend section 5 of the Land Acquisition Act [Chapter 20:10]; and to provide for matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing.
Act 7/2004, 6/2005 (s.26) 03-Sep-04 03-Sep-04 Effective
Africa Export-Import Bank (Membership of Zimbabwe and Branch Office Agreement) Act

See:
Africa Export-Import Bank (Membership of Zimbabwe and Branch Office Agreement) Bill
This Bill will enable legal force to be given in Zimbabwe to the Agreement for the Establishment of the African Export-Import Bank, which was concluded in Abidjan on the 8th May, 1993 and of which Zimbabwe is a signatory. First Schedule to the Bill deals with the privileges and immunities to be enjoyed by the Bank. Also accorded the force of law in Zimbabwe are two other Agreements:-
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the Branch Office Agreement concerning the location in Harare of the Bank's first branch office (see the Second Schedule to the Bill). This Agreement goes into detail about the privileges and immunities of the Branch and its officials.
- the Memorandum of Understanding concerning the occupancy of a temporary branch office by the Bank and the transfer to the Bank of title to a piece of land in George Silundika Avenue, Harare, for the construction of the permanent branch office (see the Third Schedule to the Bill).
The main provisions of the Bill and its First Schedule are similar to the provisions of existing legislation covering other international financial institutions - the African Development Bank (Membership of Zimbabwe) Act, the African Development Fund (Zimbabwe) Act, and the International Financial Organisations Act (IMF, World Bank, International Finance Corporation and International Development Association). Only the Bill's provisions for the Branch Office have no real counterpart in those Acts.
Ministry: Finance
Stage: Has had its second and third reading and was passed by the House of Assembly on Dec 15 and by the Senate on Dec 19.
14/2006 Act 10/2005 03-Apr-06 19-Dec-05 14-Oct-05 24-Mar-06 Gazetted
Agricultural Marketing Authority Act Brought into effect by SI 69/2005
12/2005 26/2005  03-Mar-05 15-Dec-04 25-Feb-05 01-Jun-05  Effective
AIPPA Amendment Act Brought into operation by SI 4/2005
Act 21/2004      07-Jan-05 07-Jan-05 Effective
Anti-Corruption Commission Act Brought into operation by SI 4/2005
3/2005   17-Jan-05   26-Nov-04 14-Jan-05 Effective
Appropriation Bill Gives effect to the approved Estimates of Expenditure
47/2004 HB 27/2004 21-Dec-04 20-Dec-04     Passed
Appropriation (2006) Act  
01/2006 Act 9/2005 19-Dec-05 19-Dec-05 15-Dec-05 30-Dec-05 Effective
Appropriation (2007) Act Gives affect to the 2007 Budget presented Nov 2006
1/2007 Previously HB 15/2006 05-Jan-07   05-Jan-07   Gazetted
Appropriation (Supplementary) (2005) Act
See:
Appropriation (Supplementary) (2005) Bill
To apply a further sum of money for the service of Zimbabwe during the year ending on the 31st December 2005. The Bill was fast tracked through Parliament.
16 of 6th Parl '05 Act 2/2005 14-Sep-05 12-Sep-05 12-Sep-05 12-Sep-05 Effective
Appropriation (Supplementary) 2006 Act, 2006 (No.7 of 2006) To apply a further sum of money for the service of Zimbabwe during the
year ending on the 31st December, 2006.
62/2006 Act 7/2006 29-Dec-06 01-Sep-06 01-Sep-06 01-Sep-06 Effective
Appropriation (Supplementary) 2007 Act, 2007 (No.9 of 2007) To apply a further sum of money for the service of Zimbabwe during the
year ending on the 31st December, 2007.
42/2007 Act 9/2007 19-Oct-07   19-Oct-07 19-Oct-07 Effective
Appropriation Amendment Act, 2010 (No.5 of 2010) To apply a further sum of money for the service of Zimbabwe during the
year ending on the 31st December, 2010.
29/2010 Bill 5/2010 18-Jul-2010   16-Jul-2010 16-Jul-2010 Effective
Appropriation Amendment Act, 2012 (No.5 of 2012) To amend the Appropriation (2012) Act, 2011.
34/2012
36/2012
Act 5/2012 03-Oct-12 25-Jul-12 17-Sep-12 17-Sep-12 Effective
Appropriation (2013) Bill, 2012 To apply a sum of money for the service of Zimbabwe during the year ending on the 31st December, 2013.
52/2012
53/2012
Act 7/2012 06-Dec-12 27-Nov-12 23-Dec-12 23-Dec-12 Effective
Assignments of Administration of Acts - Statutory Instruments 35 to 67 of 2010 These Statutory Instruments change the Ministry responsible for the administration of a number of Acts of Parliament.
  SI 35-67/2010 06-Apr-10   06-Apr-10   Effective

Attorney General's Office Act, 2012

Attorney General's Office Bill, 2010

The purpose of the Bill is to take the Attorney-General's Office out of the Public Service and to transfer responsibility for administering the Office to a new Attorney-General's Office Board. In this way, according to the Bill's preamble, it is hoped that the independence, effectiveness and efficiency of the Office will be enhanced.
41/2010 HB 4/2010
Act 4/2011
30-Jun-11 10-Jun-11 10-Sept-10    Passed as Act. Gazetted. Enforcement pending Statutory Instrument.
Attorney General's Office Bill, 2005 This Bill aims to establish the Attorney-General's Office Board, to constitute the Attorney-General's Office as a service outside the Public Service and to provide for the administration of the Attorney-General's Office and conditions of service of its members.
Ministry: Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs
Stage: Second reading (having had a non-adverse report from the Parliamentary Legal Committee (PLC)). It has been introduced to the House of Assembly.
Note: This Bill lapsed at the end of the last session and could be revived by resolution of the House concerned but they are not on the Order Papers for consideration 
28/2006 HB 4/2005 17-Jun-06   29-Apr-05    Lapsed
Banking Amendment Act This Act is designed to amend the Banking Act by introducing provisions that the Minister of Finance has to be consulted via the Governor of the Reserve bank before the registration, cancellation of registration, changes in ownership or the placing under curatorship of banking institutions.
16 of 6th Parl '05 Act 1/2005 14-Sep-05 12-Sep-05 12-Sep-05 12-Sep-05 Effective

Broadcasting Services Amendment Act, 2007

Broadcasting Services Amendment Bill, 2007

The Bill amends the Broadcasting Services Act
50/2007 Act 19/2007 23-Jan-08 19-Dec-07 11-Jan-08 11-Jan-08 Effective
Broadcasting Services Act, 2001 To provide for the functions, powers and duties of the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe; to provide for the constitution of the Authority; to provide for the planning, management, allocation, regulation and protection of the broadcasting frequency spectrum and the regulation and licensing of broadcasting services and systems; to provide for programme standards; to regulate and license signal carriers; to encourage and develop the creative arts through broadcasting content standards; to create a sense of national identity through broadcasting services; to create a Broadcasting Fund to help finance local broadcasting and for related purposes; and to provide for matters incidental to or connected with the foregoing.
  Act 3/2001       04-Apr-01  Effective
Broadcasting Services (Access to radio and media during an Election) Regulations, 2005 (Statutory Instrument 22 of 2005) Amended by Statutory Instrument 211 of 2005 with effect from the 28th October, 2005
11/2005 SI 22/2005 17-Feb-05   16-Feb-05 16-Feb-05 Gazetted in a Gazette Extraordinary 
Censorship and Entertainment Control Amendment Act (No 21 of 1994) Brought into operation by SI 226/2004. The objective of this Amendment is to control pornography by requiring licensing of video clubs and the like. Inter alia, it authorises people to search and seize.
2/2005 Act 21/1994 10-Jan-05     01-Jul-05 Effective

Census and Statistics Bill

Census and Statistics Bill as Amended by House Assembly

The purpose of the Bill is:
1) to establish a National Statistics Agency which will provide an integrated statistical service system; and
2) to provide for the development and management of official statistics and the setting up of professional standards and ethics to be adhered to by organisations that produce statistics for public information.
The NSA will be a fully-fledged parastatal. The current Census and Statistics Act, which dates from 1971, will be repealed.
Note: under the existing Act there is a Central Statistical Office, which is a government department, and the proposed legislation will transfer the functions, staff, assets, etc., of that Office, to the NSA.
Notes:
Passed by House of Assembly and Senate. Amendments changed the name of the new parastatal from National Statistics Agency to Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT).
Ministry: Economic Development

12/2007 HB 12/2006 02-Apr-07   27-Oct-06   Passed by House of Assembly with amendments and transmitted to Senate on 1st March. Final reading in Senate on 8th March.
Children's Act To provide for the establishment of children's courts; to make provision for the protection, welfare and supervision of children and juveniles; to provide for the establishment, recognition and registration of certain institutions and institutes for the reception and custody of children and juveniles and for the treatment of children and juveniles after their reception in such institutions and institutes; to require the contribution by certain persons towards the maintenance of children and juveniles; to provide for the adoption of minors; and to provide for matters incidental to or connected with the foregoing.
Date of commencement: 27th October, 1972
Acts 22/1971, 39/1973 (ss. 43 and 52), 43/1973 (s. 4), 18/1974, 44/1974 (s. 4), 26/1979, 15/1981 (s. 66), 29/1981 (s. 59), 15/1982 (s. 3), 11/1986 (s. 29), 24/1987 (s. 8), 2/1989 (s. 7), 20/1994(s. 3), 14/1995; 9/1997 (s. 10) , 22/2001 (s. 4), 23/2001; R.G.N. 327/1977; S.I. 689/1979.
    27-Oct-72 Effective
Citizenship of Zimbabwe Amendment Bill, 2003 This Bill will amend the Citizenship of Zimbabwe Act [Chapter 4:01] so as to provide for the exemption from renunciation of foreign citizenship requirement provided in section 9 of the Act. The Bill stipulates the circumstances in which a person may be exempted.
        14-Feb-03   Gazetted
Companies Amendment Act, 2006 (No. 5 of 2006) To amend the Companies Act [Chapter 24:03].
43/2006, 62/2006 Act 5/2006 29-Dec-06 01-Sep-06 01-Sep-06 01-Sep-06 Effective
Consolidated Land Acquisition Act to Sept 19, 2002 To empower the President and other authorities to acquire land and other immovable property compulsorily in certain circumstances; to make special provision for the compensation payable for agricultural land required for resettlement purposes; to provide for the establishment of the Derelict Land Board; to provide for the declaration and acquisition of derelict land; and to provide for matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing.
[Long title amended by s. 22 of Act 15/2000.]
Acts 3/1992, 15/2000, 14/2001, 6/2002 Amendment (No. 2) Act, 2002 - promulgation pending. This consolidated Act incorporates the four amending Acts to 19th September, 2002.   08-May-92 Effective

Constitution of Zimbabwe

 

Constitution of Zimbabwe [New Constitution developed through 2009 - 2013 Constitution Making Process]
      22-May-13 22-May-13 Effective

Constitution of Zimbabwe [Incorporating all amendments as of 13 Feb 2009]

 

Constitution of Zimbabwe incorporating the changes of Amendment 19, reintroducing the position of Prime Minister as well as other changes outlined in the Global Political Agreement of September 2008.
Act 25/1981, 27/1981, 1/1983, 4/1984, 4/1985, 15/1987, 23/1987, 4/1989, 31/1989, 15/1990, 30/1990, 4/1993, 9/1993, 14/1996, 10/1998, 5/2000, 5/2005, 11/2007 and 1/2009 13-Feb-09     13-Feb-09 Effective in parts
Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 17) Act

This Act amends the Constitution to:

  • Make provisions for the confirmation of the acquisition of land for resettlement which gave effect to the Land Reform Programme which started in 2000. It provides that these acquisitions cannot be challenged in court and for the transfer of title of acquired land to the State. It also provides for the acquisition in the future of agricultural land for resettlement and other purposes.
  • Reconstitute Parliament as a bicameral legislature consisting of a House of Assembly and a Senate. It specifies the numbers for each house and how they will be elected or appointed. It provides for the necessary changes to the way that legislation will be enacted.
  • To include non-discrimination on the grounds of physical disability.
  • Include the institution and functions of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission within the Constitution and abolish the Electoral Supervisory Commission. Voter qualifications will be changed so that non-citizens who are permanent residents will no longer have the right to vote.
17 of 6th Parl '05 Act 5/2005 15-Sep-05 14-Sep-05 14-Sep-05 Some parts 14-Sep-05, others later Passed

Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 18) Act

View the Index of Opinion and Analysis for this Bill

Amendments to the 18th Amendment

Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 18) Bill (original)

Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 18) Bill (as amended)

The main changes to the Constitution proposed by the Bill:-

  • to shorten the term of office of the President from 6 to 5 years and to make it run concurrently with the life of Parliament
  • that Presidents will generally, as at present, be elected by registered voters, but that where a President resigns, dies or is removed from office, a successor to complete the departed President's term of office will be elected by an electoral college consisting of the Senate and House of Assembly sitting jointly
  • to change the composition of the Senate and the House of Assembly and to make consequential changes to the mandate of the Delimitation Commission.
  • to make the House of Assembly alone responsible for voting on motions of no confidence in the Government and resolutions for the confirmation or extension of states of public emergency
  • to provide for a Deputy Chief Justice
  • to alter the titles of the Commissioner of Police and the Ombudsman to "Commissioner-General of Police" and "Public Protector"
  • to provide for a Human Rights Commission.

Clarification

It has been widely assumed that the Bill requires the holding of combined Presidential and Parliamentary elections in March 2008 when President Mugabe's current six-year term of office would expire under the present law. That is not so. In fact, the Bill could even extend his term of office by up to two years, by allowing him to remain in office until the five-year term of the present Parliament expires in mid-2010 - unless he chooses to dissolve Parliament before then.

Clause 2(1) of the Constitutional Amendment (No 18) Bill provides that an election to the office of President must take place at the same time as a general election of members of Parliament, but does not require the holding of an early general election in 2008. Clause 2(2) of the Bill states that amendments made by clause 2(1) apply to the President in office on the date when Amendment 18 comes into effect, notwithstanding the current section 29 of the Constitution, which states that the presidential term is limited to six years [the President's current term will expire on 31st March 2008]. The effect of the Amendment Bill is, therefore, that President Mugabe's term of office ends with the next general election, whenever that may be. A general election must be held in mid-2010, when the current Parliament's five-year term will end, but will only be held before then if the President chooses to bring one about by dissolving Parliament.

So President Mugabe will not have to face the voters until 2010, unless he chooses to dissolve Parliament before then. He has said he would do so in March 2008, but this is a political decision not dictated by the provisions of the Constitutional Amendment.

37/2007

 

HB 7/2007

30-Oct-07

25-Sept-07 30-Oct-07 30-Oct-07 Effective

Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 19) Act Revised 2010

Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 19) Act

Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 19) Bill

Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 19) Bill - MDC-T draft

Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 19) Bill - Zanu PF draft

This is the constitutional amendment required to create the positions defined in the September Global Political Agreement and to bring the agreement into effect.

Key points of agreed Constitutional Amendment:

  • Recognition of Mugabe as President
  • Unilateral cancellation of inclusive government
  • Recognition of original agreement of 11th September
  • The provision on appointments to senior government positions
  • Recognition of what "de facto" but not legally installed Ministers have done
  • No provision for existing Zimbabwe Electoral Commission [ZEC] members
  • By-Elections
  • National Security Council
  • Outstanding issues before formation of inclusive government
  • Recognition of Mugabe presidency
  • Reappointment of Dr Gono as Reserve Bank Governor
  • Court cases
  • Election cases

47/2008

 

 

 

  13-Feb-09 13-Feb-09 Effective
Criminal Law Amendment (Protection of Power, Communications and Water Infrastructure) Bill. 2010 The Criminal Law (Protection of Power, Communication and Water Infrastructure) Amendment Bill, gazetted on 4th June, provides for a tougher response by law enforcement authorities and courts to the vandalism and theft of electricity, telecommunications, broadcasting, railway and water "infrastructure material". It contains proposed amendments to the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act; the Postal and Telecommunications Act; the Broadcasting Services Act; the Railways Act; the Electricity Act; and the Water Ace.
22/2010

Bill 1/2010
Act 1/2011

30-Jun-11 24-Jun-11 04-Jun-2010 24-Jun-11 Passed as Act. Gazetted. In effect.
Criminal Law [Codification and Reform] Act This Act seeks to "codify" that part of the common law of Zimbabwe which concerns non-statutory crimes. It will re-enact, amend, modify or repeal the non-statutory Roman-Dutch law in force since 1891. A few crimes (e.g. computer crimes) have also been added to bring the criminal law up to date.
28/2006, 62/2006 Act 23/2004 29-Dec-06   02-Jun-05  01-Jul-06 Effective

Criminal Procedure and Evidence Amendment Act

Criminal Procedure and Evidence Amendment Bill

The Bill provides for the abolition of the preparatory examination (under which a criminal trial in the High Court is preceded by a preparatory examination held before a magistrate to establish whether there is sufficient evidence to warrant committing the accused person for trial). That procedure has gradually fallen into disuse over recent decades; it was last used in 1999. Amendments consequential to that abolition cover:

  • aspects of the procedure for confirmation of extra-curial statements made by accused persons to investigating officers;
  • a new procedure for early verification before a magistrate of depositions of witnesses, with a view to the use of those depositions at the subsequent trial if the deponents are not then available to testify in the normal way (this will cater for witnesses who are dangerously ill, expert witnesses with other professional commitments and any other witnesses whose attendance at the trial it may not be possible to secure).

The Bill also makes provision for:

  • a comprehensive codification and reform of the law on the granting and withholding of bail; various amendments necessitated by the enactment of the Criminal Law Code (which will likely be brought into operation later this year);
  • the admissibility of medical report forms completed by suitably qualified nurses in respect of the victims of sexual crimes (at present only medical report forms completed by medical practitioners are admissible under the relevant provision);
  • express recognition of suitably qualified nurses as competent to conduct the tests for HIV infection that must be carried out before sentencing of persons convicted of sexual offences (testing presently restricted to medical practitioners);
  • various amendments to provisions of the Criminal Law Code - correcting errors, improving wording in the interests of consistency, clarity, etc.
  • an extension of the right of audience of legal practitioners employed by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority, to permit them to appear in all courts in civil cases in which ZIMRA is a party (or in which ZIMRA's Acts are involved) and even, with the consent of the Attorney-General, in criminal cases in which ZIMRA has a similar interest.

Ministry: Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs
Stage: Effective

3/2007 Act 9/2006 20-Jan-07 19-Jan-07 19-Jan-07 19-Jan-07 Effective
Customs and Excise (Designation of Luxury Items) Notice, 2007 - SI 80A/2007 Sets forward new conditions and a new fees schedule for the payment of customs and excise duties on imported luxury goods.
  SI 80A/2007 05-Apr-07 05-Apr-07 05-Apr-07 5-Apr-07 Effective. Published in Government Gazette
Deposit Protection Corporation Bill, 2010 The purpose of this Bill is to replace the Deposit Protection Board with a new statutory body to be called the Deposit Protection Corporation, which will be largely independent of the Reserve Bank. The Corporation's functions will be similar to those of the existing Board, but more extensive: the Corporation will have power to obtain information from financial institutions that will allow it to detect early signs of difficulties within the financial system; the Corporation will also be given power to administer failed or failing institutions and, where possible, restore them to financial health.
  Bill 7A/2010
Act 7-2011
28-Mar-12 08-Dec-11 16-Mar-12 16-Mar-12 Passed. Gazetted. In Effect
Disabled Persons Act as amended to December 01, 2002 To make provision for the welfare and rehabilitation of disabled persons; to provide for the appointment and functions of a Director for Disabled Persons' Affairs and the establishment and functions of a National Disability Board; and to provide for matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing.
Act 5/1992, 6/2001 (s. 151), 22/2001 (s. 4)       26-Jun-92 Effective

Domestic Violence Act

Domestic Violence Bill

Prevention of Domestic Violence and Protection of Victims of Domestic Violence [Draft] Bill, 2003

This Bill aims to give victims of domestic violence the maximum protection from domestic violence that the law can provide and to introduce measures to ensure that the relevant organs of the State give full effect to the provisions of this Bill. The Bill creates a new offence - domestic violence. It offers a comprehensive definition of domestic violence which incorporates various degrees of relationships and various types of abuse. Cultural practices harmful to the girl child will also be outlawed. It will be mandatory for every police station to have a section to deal with domestic violence, and the police are expressly obliged to assist complainants. The Bill provides for Protection Orders which will ensure the safety and economic maintenance of the complainant while the case is being investigated. Application to a magistrate for a Protection Order can be made outside ordinary court hours and on any day. A third party will be able to make complaints, apply for a Protection Order and ensure its enforcement on behalf of a victim. Making a false charge of domestic violence is a criminal offence. The Bill provides for appointment of anti-domestic violence counsellors and for the establishment of an Anti-Domestic Violence Committee - this can form provincial and district sub committees, set up safe house etc.
Ministry: Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs
Introduced: House of Assembly. Passed with amendments. Transmitted to Senate Nov 07, 2006.
Stage: Gazetted Feb 26, 2007. Came into effect Oct 25, 2007

17/2007 Act 14/2006 28-Apr-07   26-Feb-07 25-Oct-07 Effective
Education Act To provide for the declaration of the fundamental rights to, and objectives of, education in Zimbabwe; to provide for the establishment, maintenance and regulation of Government schools, Government teachers colleges and other Government educational facilities; to provide for the establishment and administration of non-Government schools and teachers colleges, and for the registration and control thereof; to provide for the registration and control of correspondence colleges and independent colleges and for the establishment of an advisory council for such colleges; to make financial provision for schools and teachers colleges; to provide for the transfer of teachers to the Public Service; and to provide for matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing.
Act 5/1987, 26/1991, 24/1994 (s. 70), 19/1998 (s. 15), 22/2001 (s. 4). 01-Oct-04     08-Jun-87 Gazetted
Education Amendment Act

Education Amendment Bill
Notwithstanding the changes to the original Bill and the amendments made by the House of Assembly and the Senate, the aims of the Bill remain unchanged. The Bill will amend the Education Act to enable the Ministry of Education to control fees and levies charged by non-government schools; but, by virtue of a Committee Stage amendment the new controls will not apply to "fees and levies existing on the day the provisions of this Amendment Act come into effect". It will give the Minister the power to make regulations for the qualifications of teachers employed by non-government schools and their conduct and behaviour. The Minister will also be able to make regulations about the wearing of school uniforms. The Bill also proposes that all three main languages will be taught on an equal time basis up to form two. More than one association of teachers may be recognised.
Ministry: Education, Sport and Culture
Stage: Bill passed by Senate with one amendment to clause 5 which regulates fees. The amendment was referred to the PLC which returned an non adverse report. The Bill, now numbered as H.B. 6C, 2005, was returned to the House of Assembly on Feb 28th and the amendment was passed. Previously, the PLC gave the original Bill [H.B. 6, 2005] an adverse report. The original Bill was withdrawn and a new consolidated text [H.B. 6A, 2005] took its place. This new text of the Bill was considered by the PLC and given a non-adverse report.
22/2006, 62/2006 Act 2/2006 29-Dec-06   12-May-06  12-May-06 Effective

Electoral Amendment Act

Electoral Amendment Bill - July 2012 Amendments

Electoral Amendment Bill, 2011

This Bill will amend the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13], principally to make the following changes to it:

(a) to incorporate the provisions of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Act [Chapter 2:12] into the Electoral Act and to repeal the former Act;

(b) to base the voting process at polling-station level, with voters obliged to vote at their nearest polling stations rather than at any polling station within their constituencies;

(c) to ensure that electronic copies of voters rolls are available in analysable form;

(d) to restrict postal voting to voters who are outside the country on Government business;

(e) to allow electoral officers and members of the Police Force and Defence Forces who have to be away from their constituencies on duty during an election, to cast their votes in advance of the election at special polling stations established for the purpose;

(f) to introduce greater transparency in the counting and collation of votes at all levels;

(g) to establish new mechanisms to prevent politically-motivated violence and intimidation during elections;

(h) to extend the jurisdiction of the Electoral Court;

(i) to ensure that the results of presidential elections are announced speedily; and in addition to correct anomalies and discrepancies in the Electoral Act.

25/2011
33/2012
45/2012
Act 3/2012 28-Sept-12 19-Jul-12 28-Sept-12 28-Sept-12 Effective except for section 42(1)

Electoral Laws Amendment Act, 2007

Electoral Laws Amendment Bill (Amended), 2007

Electoral Laws Amendment Bill, 2007

The purpose of this Bill is to amend the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Act [Chapter 2:12] and the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13], so as to make provision for various matters arising from the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 17) Act and the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 18) Act.
46/2007 Act 17/2007 23-Jan-08  19-Dec-07 11-Jan-08 11-Jan-08 Effective

Electoral Regulations, 2005 (Statutory Instrument 21 of 2005) - Updated to 18 March 2008

Electoral Regulations, 2005 (Statutory Instrument 21 of 2005)

These regulations may be cited as the Electoral Regulations, 2005.
11/2005 SI 21/2005 18-Mar -08   14-Feb-05 14-Feb-05 Gazetted in a Gazette Extraordinary

Electoral Act (2013)

An Act to provide for the terms of office, conditions of service, qualifications and vacation of office of members of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, the procedure at meetings of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and the appointment of the Chief Elections Officer; to provide for the Registrar-General of Voters and constituency registrars; to make provision for the registration of voters and for the lodging of objections thereto; to provide for the preparation, compilation and maintenance of voters rolls; to prescribe the residence qualifications of voters and the procedure for the nomination and election of candidates to and the filling in of vacancies in Parliament; to provide for elections to the office of the President; to provide for local authority elections; to provide for offences and penalties, and for the prevention of electoral malpractices in connection with elections; to establish the Electoral Court and provide for its functions; to make provision for the hearing and determination of election petitions; and to provide for matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing.
        13-Jun-13 13-Jun-13 Effective

Electoral Act - Consolidated to 17 March 2008

Electoral Act (2005)

Brought into operation by SI 17/2005
7/2005 Act 25/2004 17-Mar-08   21-Jan-05 01-Feb-05 Effective
Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Management Bill Ministry: Local Government, Public Works and National Housing
Stage: Proofs with Draftsman
22 of 6th Parl '05 HB 23/2004 30-Oct-05       Proofs with Draftsman 
Energy Regulatory Authority Act

Energy Regulatory Authority Bill
The purpose of this Act is to establish an Energy Regulatory Authority and provide for its functions and management. The Bill also seeks to amend the Electricity Act [Chapter 13:19] and the Petroleum Act [Chapter 13:22].
  HB 3/2010
Act 3/2011
22-Sep-2011 10-Jun-2011 27-Aug-2010 22-Sep-2011 Effective
[SI 111A/2011]
Environmental Management Act [Chapter 20:27] To provide for the sustainable management natural resources and protection of the environment; the prevention of pollution and environmental degradation; the preparation of a National Environmental Plan and other plans for the management and protection of the environment; the establishment of an Environmental Management Agency and an Environment Fund; to amend references to intensive conservation areas and committees and associated matters in various Acts; to repeal the Natural Resources Act [Chapter 20:13], the Atmospheric Pollution Prevention Act [Chapter 20:03], the Hazardous Substances and Articles Act [Chapter 15:05] and the Noxious Weeds Act [Chapter 19:07]; and to provide for matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing.
Date of commencement will be fixed by statutory instrument.
62/2006 Act 13/2002, 5/2004 (s. 23)1, 6/2005 (s. 28) 29-Dec-06     Remaining provisions 
07-Apr-06
Effective
Ex-Political Prisoners, Detainees, and Restrictees 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.
Date of commencement will be fixed by statutory instrument.
2/2005 Act 20/2004 10-Jan-05   24-Dec-04   Gazetted, awaiting SI to set effective date
Finance (No.2) Act, 2005
This Bill provides for the changes to the tax laws proposed by the Minister of Finance in the Budget Statement delivered to the House of Assembly on Thursday 1st December, 2005. The Acts affected are the Finance Act, the Income Tax Act, the Stamp Duties Act, the Value Added Tax Act, the Estate Duty Act, the Capital Gains Tax Act, the Customs and Excise Act and the Finance (No. 2) Act, 2004.
01/2006 Act 8/2005 19-Dec-05 19-Dec-05 15-Dec-05 30-Dec-05 Effective
Finance (No.2) Act, 2006

This 51-clause Bill gives effect to the taxation proposals put forward by the Minister of Finance in his 2007 Budget Statement. Other matters provided for by the Bill include:-

  • detailed provision for electronic submission of tax returns and related documentation as regards income tax, capital gains tax, value-added tax and customs duty
  • increased penalties for offences under the Gold Trade Act and the Mines and Minerals Act (including provision for mandatory minimum prison sentences in the absence of special circumstances) (clauses 45 and 46)
  • validation (backdated to 10th November, 2006) of civil penalties imposed in terms of the Pension and Provident Funds (Amendment) Regulations, 2006 (clause 47)
  • confirmation of the new currency system introduced by the Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) (Currency Revaluation) Regulations, 2006 (SI 199/2006) and of those regulations
  • confirmation of amendments made to the Bank Use Promotion and Suppression of Money-Laundering Act [Chapter 24:24] by the Currency Revaluation Regulations
1/2007 Previously HB 14/2006 05-Jan-07   08-Dec-06   Gazetted
Finance Act, 2006 (No. 6 of 2006) To make further provision for the revenues and public funds of Zimbabwe and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
62/2006 Act 6/2006 29-Dec-06 01-Sep-06 01-Sep-06 01-Sep-06 Effective

Finance (No. 2) Act, 2007 (No. 16 of 2007)

The Bill contains the taxation proposals announced by the Minister of Finance in the Budget Statement presented on 29th November. It differs in several respects from the Departmental Draft we previously offered, containing an additional clause and also having been amended during its passage through the House of Assembly.
49/2007 Act 16/2007 11-Jan-08 05-Dec-07 18-Dec-07 04-Jan-08 Effective

Finance Act, 2007 (No. 8 of 2007)

Finance Bill, 2007 (H.B. 10 of 2007)

To amend the Finance Act [Chapter 23:04], the Income Tax Act [Chapter 23:06], the Stamp Duties Act [Chapter 23:09], the Value Added Tax Act [Chapter 23:12] and the Customs and Excise Act [Chapter 23:02].
36/2007 H.B.10/2007 08-Sep-07 11-Sep-07 19-Oct-07 19-Oct-07 Effective

Finance (No. 3) Bill, 2009

This Bill will amend the Finance Act [Chapter 23:04], the Income Tax Act [Chapter 23:06], the Capital Gains Tax Act [Chapter 23:06], the Value Added Tax Act [Chapter 23:12] and the Customs and Excise Act [Chapter 23:02] and other Acts.
    11-Dec-09       Gazetted

Finance Act (4/2012)

To make further provision for the revenues and public funds of Zimbabwe and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
34/2012 Act 4/2012 03-Oct-12 24-Jul-12 17-Sep-12 17-Sep-12 Effective

Finance (No. 2) Act, 2012

To make further provision for the revenues and public funds of Zimbabwe and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
52/2012
53/2012
Act 6/2012 06-Dec-12 27-Nov-12 28-Dec-12 28-Dec-12 Effective
Financial Adjustments Bill [H.B. 3, 2007] The Bill provides for the condonation of unauthorised expenditures by various Ministries in the financial years 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.
18/2007 H.B.3/2007 04-May-07   04-May-07   Awaiting introduction in House or Senate

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