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assents to three Bills
March 01, 2005
has assented to the Agriculture Marketing Authority (AMA), Health
Services and Reconstruction of State Indebted Insolvent Companies
Bills which are now law.
He has also
assented to the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council Act (ZNFPC)
The Chief Secretary
to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda, announced in a
notice in last Friday's Extraordinary Government Gazette that the
President had assented to the Bills and the amendment to the ZNFPC
assent to the AMA Act paves the way for the establishment of the
Agricultural Marketing Authority, a statutory corporation that would
be charged with regulating and supervising the marketing of certain
was expected to ensure the fair pricing of such products for the
benefit of all those participating in the agricultural industry,
particularly the communal and resettled farmers.
would regulate and supervise the marketing of not only products
from crop farming but also, horticultural, animal husbandry, game
and poultry, and many other products with the exception of the tobacco
and pig industries.
AMA, which would
have all features of a corporate body, was expected to advise the
Minister of Agriculture on matters of national policy in the marketing
of agricultural products taking into account economic conditions
and prospects of the agricultural industry.
AMA was also
supposed to make appropriate recommendations with regards to matters
such as agricultural subsidies, marketing guarantees and the imposition
will be run by a board on which chairmen of boards of statutory
corporations charged with the regulation and
marketing of agriculture products will sit as ex-officio members.
will be funded by an Act of Parliament and through any loans, donations
and grants made to the Authority by
any person or authority or by any Government of any country.
The Act also
provides for the establishment of an Agricultural Marketing Fund.
The Fund, to be run by the authority, will be vested in the Minister
who would be the trustee and would issue instructions on the running
It would be
responsible for the promotion of the marketing and production of
agricultural products, stimulating demand for research into improving
the production, processing and storing of agricultural products.
It would also
provide for the training of personnel for them to fulfil the objective
of the Fund and Authority.
The Fund was
expected to be capitalised through levies on producers, processors
and buyers in consultation with the Minister.
The assent to
the Health Service Act, on the other hand, would see all health
workers and other support staff in the Ministry of Health and Child
Welfare being removed from the Public Service Commission and placed
under the Health Service.
The Act would
also see the affected workers fall under the Health Service Board,
whose establishment and functions are covered within the Act.
The board would
be responsible for crafting the health workers' conditions of service
in consultation with associations and organisations representing
health service personnel.
It may alter
the conditions of service of existing members of the health service,
but no member's fixed salary scale would
be reduced except in cases where the member has
been found guilty of misconduct or has consented to the reduction.
In the event
of a member or a former member being aggrieved by any verdict reached
or punishment imposed on them, the Act provides room for appeal
to the Labour Court.
The board would
be comprised of an executive chairperson, not less than three full-time
and not less than two part-time members.
of State-Indebted Insolvent Companies Act provides for the reconstruction
of State-indebted companies unable to repay loans from public funds.
It has provisions
for the appointment and functions of companies under reconstruction
and formulation and implementation of schemes of reconstruction
in respect of such companies.
to the ZNFPC Act were made in sections, two, four, five and 22.
In section two
of the Act, the definition of a member of the council was inserted
and in section four amendments which deal with the appointment of
the council's board, were made.
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