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Gazetted Land (Consequential Provisions) Bill The Bill aims to cater for certain problems that have arisen in the wake of section 16B of the Constitution, enacted last year by the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No.17) Act. The Land Acquisition Act will be amended. The Rural Land Occupiers (Protection from Eviction) Act will be repealed.

Two new terms, "Gazetted land" and "specially Gazetted land" will be adopted and defined. Occupation or use of gazetted land "without lawful authority" (offer letter, permit or lease granted by the State) will be prohibited on pain of criminal penalties. Short grace periods will be allowed to former owners or occupiers of gazetted land. Where gazetting occurred before the 14th September 2005, those who do not have lawful authority to continue in occupation must leave within 45 days of the Bill becoming law. Where gazetting occurs after the 14th September 2005, the former owner or occupier without lawful authority to continue in occupation must cease to use the land within 45 days of gazetting and vacate the "living quarters" within 90 days. Criminal penalties are provided for failure to comply.

The amendments to the Land Acquisition Act will replace the term "agricultural land required for resettlement purposes" with the new term "specially Gazetted land". Offer letters issued before the Bill becomes law will be validated. Compensation for improvements on Gazetted land will be dealt with in accordance with the Land Acquisition Act as amended by the Bill.

Ministry: Lands & Land Reform
Stage:
Effective
62/2006 Act 8/2006 29-Dec-06 20-Dec-06 03-Nov-06 20-Dec-06 Effective
General Notice No 40 of 2005 - Disbursement of Money to Political Parties 10/2005 General Notice No 40 of 2005 16-Feb-04 14-Feb-05   14-Feb-05 Effective 
General Laws Amendment Bill, 2010 - As amended at April 2011

To amend the Administrative Court Act [Chapter 7:01 ], Judicial Services Act [Chapter 7:18] (No. 10 of 2006), Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act [Chapter .9:07], Ombudsman Act [Chapter 10:18], Police Act [Chapter 11:10], Civil Aviation Act [Chapter 13:161 (No. 7 of 1998), National Biotechnology Authority Act [Chapter 14:31] (No. 3 of 2006), Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act [Chapter 14:33] (No. 14 of 2007), Health Services Act [Chapter 15:16] (No. 28 of 2004), Parks and Wildlife Act [Chapter 20:14], Environmental Management Act [Chapter 20:27] (No. 13 of 2002), Procurement Act [Chapter 22:14] (No. 2 of 1999), Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Act [Chapter 22:15] (No. 5 of 1999), Building Societies Act [Chapter 24:02], Banking Act [Chapter 24:20] (No. 9 of 1999), Printed Publications Act [Chapter 25:14], Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act [Chapter 26:05] (No. 11 of 2000), Labour Act [Chapter 28:01 ], Rural District Councils Act [Chapter 29:13], and the Urban Councils Act [Chapter 29:15], and to provide for the backdating of Statutory Instrument 12 of 2011 to 1st February, 2009.

7/2010
44/2010
10/2011 17/2011

Bill 8A/2010 Act 5/2011

27-Apr-11 16-May-11 22-Oct-10 16-May-11 Passed as Act. Gazetted. In Effect
General Laws Amendment Act

This Act amends some 40 Acts, ranging from minor amendments, correcting anomalies and errors, to more significant changes. It include changes to POSA - setting levels of penalties; the Rural Electrification Fund Act - backdating the commencement of the Act to the date of its promulgation in 2002 and validating the collection of levies since that date; the Environmental Management Act - making provision for the continuation in force of regulations prematurely repealed by the Act; and, the Maintenance Act - altering the provision for deduction of maintenance by the employer. Two new clauses amending the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act were added at Committee stage.
Of immediate interest is Section 11 which increases tenfold the monetary values of the 14 levels in the Standard Scale of Fines, ranging from $50 000 for level 1 to $25 million for level 14. One effect of the new Standard Scale is that the police will now be permitted to invite admission of guilt fines of up to $250 000 in appropriate cases (the previous maximum was $25 000). This is the first adjustment to the Standard Scale of Fines since September 2003.
The maximum possible jail term for insulting the President remains at one year, which is what it has been since the inception of POSA. Section 16 states the penalties as being a fine of up to level six (currently $2 000 000) or imprisonment for up to one year, or both.
Ministry: Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs

03/2006 Act 6/2005 03-Feb-06   03-Feb-06   Gazetted
Harare Institute of Technology Act This Bill proposes to establish the Harare Institute of Technology as a degree-conferring institution and makes provisions for such.
Ministry: Higher and Tertiary Education
Stage: This Bill had its third reading and was passed with amendments on August 18, 2005
03/2006 Act 4/2005 03-Feb-06   04-Nov-05  04-Nov-05 Passed but not yet gazetted as an Act
Health Service Act Aims to put health workers and support staff under the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare rather than the Public Service Commission which is the current position. It will also establish a Health Service Board to be responsible for conditions of service for health workers, and hospital management boards to manage hospitals. Brought into effect by SI 88B/2005
1 of 6th Parl '05 Act 28/2004 01-Jun-05 20-Dec-04  25-Feb-05 01-Jun-05  Effective
Housing Standards Control Act To establish housing courts and to confer upon them certain powers and functions; to provide for the repair, demolition or closure of buildings of an unsatisfactory standard; to provide for the abatement of overcrowding of dwellings; to control the harmful use or occupation of premises and the undue interference with the rights of the residents of a neighbourhood; to institute a procedure whereby clearance warrants may be granted to local authorities for the acquisition and clearance of areas in which buildings of an unsatisfactory standard are prevalent; and to provide for matters incidental to or connected with the foregoing.
Acts 29/1972, 57/1972 (s.28), 39/1973 (s.46), 22/1976 (s.87), 48/1976 (s.82), 3/1979 (ss.115-120), 15/1981 (s.66), 8/1988 (s.164); 9/1997 (s.10); R.G.N. 918/1973   10-Nov-72  Effective
Immigration Regulations, 1998 Updated by Immigration (Amendment) Regulations, 2005 (No. 1) on June 17, 2005
3 of 6th Parl '05 Act 28/2004 04-Jul-05 1998 1998 1998  Effective

Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment (General) Regulations, 2010, S.I. 21/2010 - With changes as of July 27, 2011

Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment (General) (Amendment) Regulations, 2011 (No. 4), SI 84/2011

Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment (General) Regulations Amended, March 2011

Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment (General) Regulations - GN 114/2011

Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment (General) (Amendment) Regulations - SI 34/2011

Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Regulations (2010), SI 21/2010

Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act

Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Bill (amended)

Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Bill (original)

The Bill’s memorandum states its purpose as being to create an enabling environment that will result in increased participation of indigenous Zimbabweans in the economic activities of the country, the ultimate objective being a situation in which at least a 51% shareholding in "every public company and any other business" is in the hands of indigenous Zimbabweans. In the shorter term, the Minister will be empowered to publish statutory instruments prescribing acceptable lesser percentages and thresholds that will apply “temporarily”.

Key terms are defined in clause 2: "business" [company, association, syndicate or partnership having for its object the acquisition of gain]; "controlling interest"; "indigenisation"; "indigenous Zimbabwean" [any person who before 18th April 1980 was disadvantaged by unfair discrimination on the grounds of his or her race, any descendant of such a person, and any company, association, syndicate or partnership in which such persons hold the controlling interest or are the majority of the members].

Part III of the Bill [clauses 3 to 6] sets out the methods by which indigenisation and economic empowerment will be achieved. Ministerial regulations will be necessary to give effect to them. The methods include:-

  • compulsory notification to the Minister of, and requiring Ministerial approval for: certain mergers, restructurings and acquisitions of businesses [those requiring approval under the Competition Act]; unbundlings, demergers and relinquishments of controlling interests; and investments for which investment licences are required. Approval will be denied where a proposed transaction would fail to bring about the level of control by indigenous Zimbabweans currently applicable [51% or a controlling interest or such lesser percentages or shares as may have been temporarily prescribed by the Minister].
  • requiring Government departments, parastatals, local authorities and companies to procure goods and services from businesses controlled by indigenous Zimbabweans, where procurement is required to be in terms of the Procurement Act,
  • cancellation or non-renewal of operating licences, where a transaction requiring approval has been concluded without notification to the Minister,
  • Government assistance to business proprietors wishing to identify indigenous Zimbabweans to acquire their businesses.

NOTE: The Bill does not contain anything directly obliging existing businesses to set about indigenisation forthwith; the obligation to indigenise is triggered by decisions to enter into transactions of the sort mentioned above.

The Bill also provides for the establishment of a National Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Board which will advise the Minister on indigenisation and empowerment strategies and the implementation of the Act, administer a National Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Fund and oversee compliance with the National Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Charter.

The Fund will provide financial assistance to indigenous Zimbabweans for financing of share acquisitions, management buy-ins and buy-outs and capacity-building projects for indigenous Zimbabweans. One source of income for the Fund will be the proceeds of levies imposed on companies and other businesses by the Minister by statutory instrument. The funds of the existing National Investment Trust will be transferred to the Fund and be held in a special Unit Trust Account administered by the Board in accordance with the Second Schedule to the Bill.

The Charter, set out in the Fourth Schedule to the Bill, will be binding on recipients of financial assistance provided through the Fund. The Charter is a framework for ethical and good business conduct.

25/2007
16/2011

Act 14/2007 19-Apr-08 02-Oct-07 07-Mar-08 17-Apr-08 Effective
Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe Act An Act to provide for the establishment, constitution, duties and powers of a Zimbabwe Development Bank to assist in and promote the economic development of Zimbabwe; and to provide for matters incidental to or connected with the foregoing. (Formerly the Zimbabwe Development Bank Act, now incorporating all amendments made by the Zimbabwe Development Bank Amendment Act No 11 of 2005 gazetted on 24th March 2006.
Acts 7/1983, 38/1983, 29/1990, 12/1994, 11/2005     24-Mar-06   Effective

Interception of Communications Act

Interception of Communications Bill Second Consolidated Text

Interception of Communications Bill Consolidated Text

View the Index of Opinion and Analysis for this Bill

View differences between the first 2 versions of HB 4, 2006

The purpose of this Bill is to establish an interception of communications monitoring centre and for the appointment of persons to that centre whose function will be to monitor and intercept certain communications in the course of their transmission through a telecommunication, postal or any other related service system.

The Centre will be manned by technical experts designated by the Government Telecommunications Agency. It will be the sole facility through which authorised interceptions will be effected, and will give technical advice to authorised persons and service providers. Telecommunication service providers will have to ensure that their systems are capable of supporting lawful interceptions. They will be obliged, at their own expense, to acquire the facilities and devices necessary to provide an interception capability meeting the requirements specified by the Postal and Telecommunications Authority. There is, however, some provision for compensation to service providers for assistance in the execution of warrants.

The Bill provides for interception of both telecommunications and postal articles. Interception will be permitted only if authorised by a warrant (telecommunications) or detention order (postal articles) issued by the Minister of Transport and Communications on application by an "authorised person". Authorised persons are the Commissioner of Police, the Chief of Defence Intelligence, the Director-General of the CIO and the Commissioner-General of the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority or their nominees.

Interceptions not authorised in terms of the Act will attract criminal penalties (unless the interceptor has the consent of the person to whom or by whom the communication is sent or, in the case of a telecommunication, is a party to it). Evidence obtained by an interception in breach of the Act will not be admissible in criminal proceedings except with the leave of the court.

Warrants for interception of telecommunications may be issued only if there are reasonable grounds for believing a "serious offence" has been is being committed or that information gathering is necessary concerning threats to national security or a compelling national economic interest. Detention orders for postal articles may be issued on wider grounds. There are provisions for appeals to the Administrative Court by any person aggrieved by a warrant, directive or order issued to or by (sic) the Postal and Telecommunications Authority, an authorised person or the Government Telecommunications Agency. And the new consolidated text includes a new clause requiring an annual review by the Attorney-General of the Minister’s use of his powers under the Act.

Although the thrust of the Bill remains unchanged, there are some differences between the original text and the new consolidated text, notably:-

  • clause 2 (narrower definition of “serious offence”)
  • clause 6 (Issue of warrant) – in subsection (1) paragraph (a) has been rewritten and paragraph (d) has been omitted. The original subclause (2) permitting unwritten urgent applications has also been omitted.
  • clause 7 (Scope of warrant and renewal of warrant) – renewal of a warrant is handled differently (involving the Attorney-General and the Administrative Court in certain circumstances)
  • clause 18 (Appeals) – there will be no appeal to the Minister; appeals will go to the Administrative Court
  • clause 19 (Review of exercise of Minister's powers under this Act) – an entirely new clause, providing for annual review by the Attorney-General of the Minister's use of his power to issue warrants for interception of communications

Ministry: Transport and Communications
Introduced: House of Assembly. On Nov 07, 2006, before the Parliamentary Legal Committee (PLC) had reported on the original Bill, the House approved a Government motion that the original Bill be replaced by a new consolidated text which would be treated as having been introduced and referred to the PLC. This text was replaced with the second consolidated text on May 08, 2007.
Stage: The second consolidated text of the Bill was passed by the House of Assembly on June 13, 2007, and by the Senate on June 14, 2007. It was signed by the Presdient on August 03, 2007.

24/2007 HB 4A/2006 21-Jun-07 13-Jun-07 26-May-06 3-Aug-07 Passed by both houses of Parliament and signed into law by President.

Judicial Services Act

Judicial Services Bill

This Bill aims to set up the Judicial Service (under the control of the Judicial Service Commission) as a separate service outside the Public Service. The Judicial Service will include the judges of the Supreme Court and High Court, the Labour Court judges, the presidents of the Administrative Court, the office of the Ombudsman, all magistrates and the staff of the Judicial Service Commission. The Bill will not affect appointment and conditions of service of judges, presidents of the Administrative Court or Ombudsman and deputy Ombudsman [these will continue to be separately provided for under the Constitution and the relevant Acts of Parliament]. But the Judicial Service Commission will be responsible for the appointment, conditions of service and discipline of magistrates. The presiding officers of customary courts will not be part of the Judicial Service.

Hitherto the Judicial Service Commission, appointed by the President under the terms of the Constitution, has had primarily advisory and consultative functions. This Bill will give it far wider functions. The Judicial Service will have its own funds separately voted by Parliament and under the control of the Judicial Service Commission, with the Secretary to the Commission as the accounting officer. It also makes provision that no judicial officer may be arrested in chambers or in the court precincts. Codes of conduct and ethics are envisaged.

Ministry: Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs
Stage: Gazetted Jan 19, 2007. Date of commencement to be fixed by statutory instrument.
3/2007 Act 10/2006 20-Jan-07 19-Jan-07 19-Jan-07   Date of commencement to be fixed by statutory instrument
Labour Act An Act to declare and define the fundamental rights of employees; to give effect to the interna-tional obligations of the Republic of Zimbabwe as a member state of the International Labour Organisation and as a member of or party to any other international organisation or agreement governing conditions of employment which Zimbabwe would have ratified; to define unfair labour practices; to regulate conditions of employment and other related matters; to provide for the control of wages and salaries; to provide for the appointment and functions of workers committees; to provide for the formation, registration and functions of trade unions, employers organizations and employment councils; to regulate the negotiation, scope and enforcement of collective bargaining agreements; to provide for the establishment and functions of the Labour Court; to provide for the prevention of trade disputes, and unfair labour practices; to regulate and control collective action; to regulate and control employment agencies; and to provide for matters connected with or inciden-tal to the foregoing.
Acts 16/1985, 12/1992, 20/1994 (s.19), 22/2001 (s.4), 17/2002, 7/2005   1985  Effective
Labour Amendment Act
This Bill proposes to amend the Labour Act to ensure that the Labour Act will be supreme in respect to all labour relations. There are thirty-nine amendments including setting levels of penalties; clarification of the processes dealing with disputes; setting out the periods of notice on termination of a contract; the doing away with the need for certification of trade unions and employers' associations; a small increase in maternity leave; and, enabling the Labour Court to grant applicants power to take up disciplinary action against those who continue on a collective job action that has been declared illegal by the Labour Court. It also will repeal section 56 of the Export Processing Zones Act which had exempted these zones from provisions of the Labour Act.
Ministry: Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare
01/2006 Act 7/2005 04-Nov-05 02-Nov-05 11-Mar-05  30-Dec-05 Effective
Labour Court Rules, 2006
These rules shall apply to all proceedings in the Labour Court, including, so far as is practicable, proceedings pending on the date of commencement of these rules.
14/2006 SI 59/2006 02-Apr-06       Effective
Land Acquisition Amendment (No. 2) Act, 2002 Sections 5, 7 and 9 of the Land Acquisition Act have now been amended. The amendments:
* cover administrative shortcomings in relation to service of a ‘preliminary notice of acquisition’ under section 5 of the Land Acquisition Act;
* introduce a presumption that compulsory acquisition is intended for agricultural resettlement;
* increase penalties for non-vacation of the property.

Note: The Land Acquisition Amendment (No. 2) Act, 2002 was passed by Parliament on Thursday 19th September, 2002. The Bill was published in the Government Gazette on Friday 13th September, 2002. Although parliamentary Standing Order No. 102 requires every Bill to be published at least 14 days before being introduced to the House, the House suspended standing orders and the Bill passed through all its stages, with certain amendments, on 19th September.
        25-Oct-02 25-Oct-02 Effective 

Local Government Laws Amendment Act, 2008 (Act 1, 2008)

Local Government Laws Amendment Bill, 2007 (H.B. 15, 2007)

The Bill gives effect to the harmonisation of Presidential, Parliamentary and local authority elections required by Constitution Amendment No. 18. The Acts to be amended are the Rural District Councils Act, the Urban Councils Act and the Electoral Act. Matters covered include amendments recognising the new constitutional responsibility of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission for dividing council areas into wards, and the abolition of the rule that a rural council ward should contain only a single category of land [communal, resettlement or commercial farming].

The amendments to the Urban Councils Act include provision for:

  • the abolition of executive mayors and executive committees and a return to the pre-1996 system of mayors and deputy mayors [chairpersons and deputy chairpersons for town councils] elected by councillors
  • the appointment by the Minister of non-voting councillors to represent special interests
  • the introduction of “caretakers” to run the affairs of non-functioning councils [replacing the present system of “commissioners”]
  • new rules governing the cancellation or alteration of council resolutions.

The amendments to the Electoral Act merely reflect the abolition of the institution of executive mayor.

52/2007 Act 1/2008 24-Jan-08 17-Jan-08 24-Jan-08 24-Jan-08 Effective
Mines & Minerals Amendment Bill (H.B. 14, 2007) This complex 60-page Bill has two principal components:
* provision for the indigenisation and localisation of the mining industry
* the first major overhaul and modernisation of general mining law for over thirty years.

Indigenisation and localisation
These provisions will come into force as soon as the Bill is gazetted as an Act. They do not apply to small-scale miners (a defined term), to persons or companies engaged solely in exploration for strategic energy minerals, precious metals or precious stones, or to persons or companies who in future enter into special agreements with the State or a statutory body for the extraction or exploitation of any mineral.

The objectives stated are as follows:

  • for companies mining [extracting or exploiting] strategic energy minerals [coal, coalbed methane, petroleum, uranium] - 51% State stake [25% non-contributory, 26% contributory]
  • for companies mining [extracting or exploiting] precious metals or precious stones - 25% State stake [non-contributory] plus 26% stake held by State or indigenous Zimbabweans
  • for companies mining [extracting or exploiting] other minerals - 51% stake held by indigenous Zimbabweans.

The State’s non-contributory (i.e. free) stake is stated to be the State’s entitlement by virtue of "its original ownership of all useful minerals in its subsoil” [Zimbabwean law has always laid down that the State retains ownership of all such minerals]. The State’s dividends on its non-contributory shares will be used to pay for the State’s contributory 26%.

For existing mining rights, a seven-year timetable is allowed for gradually achieving compliance with the objectives. Measures to ensure compliance include cancellation of mining rights in cases of wilful non-compliance; restrictions on renewal or extension of mining rights for non-compliant companies; and escalating strategic energy minerals tax and precious minerals tax which a company can avoid by vesting 25% of its shares in the State free of charge [the State’s non-contributory stake].

Future mining enterprises will be required to comply either immediately or, as a matter of State discretion, in accordance with the seven-year timetable.

The scheme will be underpinned by–

  • a provision limiting mining of strategic energy minerals, precious metals and precious stones to companies [existing miners who are not already companies will have six months to register as companies; failure to do so will result in monetary penalties followed by cancellation of mining rights]
  • a right of first refusal for the State and indigenous Zimbabweans for purchasing mining company shares
  • immediate liability for strategic energy minerals tax or precious minerals tax for mining companies that close down during the three months before the Bill becomes law or at any time thereafter
  • an immediate State audit of (1) the estimated life of strategic energy and precious mineral mines and (2) the size of the reserves available in such mines. This audit will be used for levying taxes on those mines.

Overhaul of mining law

This portion of the Bill will come into force on a future date to be fixed by the President by statutory instrument [to allow time for due preparation for the changes involved, particularly the gazetting of necessary new regulations].

Features of general interest include: the removal of excessive detail from the Mines and Minerals Act, leaving it to be covered instead in regulations made by the Minister; a provision requiring authorities making decisions under the Act to apply the rules of natural justice and outlining the rules; provision for appeals to the Administrative Court; a new Part XVA dealing with environmental protection and requiring miners to establish or contribute towards environmental rehabilitation funds to finance protection or restoration of the environment from the consequences of mining operations; insistence on environmental impact assessment reports; and action to protect and restore the environment.

Features of particular interest to the mining industry include: revamping of the Mining Affairs Board; substantial changes to the law governing prospecting and the pegging of blocks; replacement of exclusive prospecting orders by a system of exclusive exploration licences issued by the Minister; allowing the House of Assembly to compel the Minister to revoke exclusive exploration licences; abolition of the distinction between precious metal and base mineral claims; abolition of extra-lateral rights for holders of precious metal claims; requiring miners to actively exploit their claims rather than allowing them to preserve ownership of unexploited claims by payment of fees; and, the extension of the mining lease system to replace certain special grants and to cover all locations exceeding four contiguous blocks.

Provision is made at the end of the Bill for the impact of the new provisions on the holders of existing rights. Finally, the Bill contains amendments to the Precious Stones Trade Act designed to correct errors stemming from recent amendments to that Act.

46/2007  HB 14/2007 04-Oct-10   01-Oct-10 01-Oct-10 Effective
Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (Diamond Sales to Local Diamond Manufacturers) Regulations, S.I. 157/2010 The regulations require the Minerals Marketing Corporation [MMCZ], which is responsible for marketing and selling all diamonds mined in Zimbabwe, to reserve up to 10% of the diamonds it receives for sale to local diamond manufacturers. Local diamond manufacturers will have to pay “competitive prices” and submit regular returns to MMCZ showing use made of the diamonds they buy. 
39/2010 SI 157/2010 17-Nov-07   10-Dec-07   Introduced and referred to PLC 29-Nov-07. Awaiting report from PLC.
National Biotechnology Authority Act, 2006 (No. 3 of 2006) To establish the National Biotechnology Authority whose function shall be to support and manage biotechnology research, development and application; to provide for the constitution of a board of the Authority; to provide for the establishment of the National Biotechnology Fund for the development of the products of biotechnology; to provide for the fixing of standards of quality and other matters relating to products of biotechnology produced in Zimbabwe; and to provide for matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing.
Stage: Not yet in force - date of commencement to be fixed by statutory instrument
62/2006 Act 3/2006 29-Dec-06 01-Sep-06 01-Sep-06   Not yet in force - date of commencement to be fixed by statutory instrument

National Incomes and Pricing Commission Amendment Bill, 2010

The purpose of this Bill is to amend the National Incomes and Pricing Commission Act [Chapter 14:32] to provide for the establishment and the composition of a National Incomes and Pricing Board. The Bill also seeks to repeal the institution of inspectors and reintroduce them in the Control of Goods Act [Chapter 14:05].
  HB 10/2010 30-Apr-12   05-Nov-10   Awaiting start of Second Reading stage after non-adverse report from PLC

National Incomes and Pricing Commission Bill

National Incomes and Pricing Commission Bill (Amended)

The Bill provides for the establishment of a National Incomes and Pricing Commission. The Commission's mandate will be to develop pricing models for goods and services produced in Zimbabwe with a view to balancing the viability of products and the incomes and welfare needs of the people of Zimbabwe. The Commission will be a fully-fledged parastatal. The Commission will have power to make by-laws covering a limited field, but price control regulations will continue to be made under the Control of Goods Act, albeit on the recommendation of or after consultation with the Commission. The Commission's staff will include inspectors who will also function as inspectors for the purposes of the Control of Goods Act. Matters currently provided for in regulations made under the Control of Goods Act are covered in the Bill, such as refusal to sell goods; display of prices of goods on sale; conditional selling.
Stage:
Passed by House of Assembly and Senate. Amendments proposed by Mr Mushoriwa MP were:
altering the composition of the Commission; that the Commission determine price reviews/appeals within 21 days; that the Commission submit an annual report and statement of accounts to Parliament; that the Commission’s exemption from liability for losses caused by the carrying out of its functions should not be so wide; reducing the maximum imprisonment for offences from 5 years to 2 years; removing the additional penalty of loss of the right to carry on business for convicted traders, manufacturers and agent; and removing the Bill’s provision for vicarious criminal liability of company directors, managers etc., where a company is prosecuted.
Ministry: Industry and International Trade
17/2007 HB 13/2006 28-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.
Awaiting gazetting.

National Security Council Act

National Security Council Bill

This Act provides for the establishment, composition, functions and meetings of the Zimbabwe National Security Council; and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
  Act 2/2009     3-Mar-09 3-Mar-09 Effective 

National Security Council Act - Anotated to show amendments

National Security Council Amendment Bill

This short Bill seeks to make the Ministers responsible for national security and justice members of the NSC.
20/2010 Bill 2/2010
Act 2/2011
20-May-11 20-May-11 20-May-11 20-May-11 Passed as Act. Gazetted. In effect.
Non-Governmental Organisations Bill

View the Index of Opinion and Analysis for this Bill
To provide for the registration of non-governmental organisations, to provide for an enabling environment for the operations, monitoring and regulation of all non-governmental organisations; to repeal the Private Voluntary Organisation Act [Chapter 17:05] and for matters incidental thereto.
Status: Passed by Parliament in December 2005 but never signed by President Mugabe. Not yet reintroduced to Parliament. Interestingly, sections 21 and 22 of Finance Act, 2005 (No. 2 of 2005), which was gazetted on the 12th September, 2005, amend the Value Added Tax Act by removing the definition of "non-governmental organisation" and references to non-governmental organisations, and reinstating the former definition of "private voluntary organisation" and the former references to private voluntary organisations.
Ministry: Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare
19 of 6th Parl '05   10-Oct-05       Must be resubmitted 
Official Secrets Act To prohibit the disclosure for any purpose prejudicial to the safety or interests of Zimbabwe of information which might be useful to an enemy; to make provision for the purpose of preventing persons from obtaining or disclosing official secrets in Zimbabwe; to prevent unauthorized persons from making sketches, plans or models of and to prevent trespass upon defence works, fortifications, military reserves and other prohibited places; and to provide for matters incidental to the foregoing.
2/2005         27-Feb-70  

Older Persons Act

Older Persons Bill

To provide for the well-being of older persons; to provide for the appointment of a Director for Older Persons affairs, the establishment of an Older Persons Board; to create an Older Persons Fund; and to provide for matters connected therewith, or incidental thereto.
39/2011
33/2012
Act 1/2012 03-Oct-12 25-Jul-12 17-Sept-12   Gazetted. Awaiting Statutory Instrument to become effective.

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