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Laws Amendment Bill now law
The Herald (Zimbabwe)
February 06, 2006
Laws Amendment Bill, which makes relatively minor amendments
to several Acts of Parliament, is now law.
In a notice published in last Friday’s Government Gazette, Chief
Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda announced
that Acting President Joice Mujuru had assented to the legislation.
Some of the Acts that would be amended under the new law include
the Maintenance Act, Judicial College Act, Judges Salaries, Allowances
and Pensions Act and the Money-Lending and Rates of Interest Act.
The law would also amend 22 sections of the Public Order and Security
It will amend POSA to give effect to the provisions of the Criminal
Penalties Amendment Act in order to review financial penalties to
the standard scale of fines.
Under the law, publishing or communicating false statements prejudicial
to the State would attract a fine of $10 million while undermining
authority of, or insulting the President would be punishable by
a $2 million fine.
Harbouring, concealing or failing to report saboteurs or terrorists
and assaulting or resisting lawful arrest by a police officer would
both attract a fine of up to $15 million.
Unauthorised public gatherings for the purposes of rioting or causing
disorder would be punishable by a fine of up to $10 million while
possession of dangerous weapons would attract a $15 million fine.
Causing disaffection among the police force or defence forces would
be punishable by a fine not exceeding $4 million.
The law would amend Sections 78 and 79 of the Defence Act and repeal
Section 88A to the effect that when a member of the defence forces
is sentenced by a military court, appeals should be made directly
to the Supreme Court instead of the High Court as was the present
Clause 11 of the law would amend section 6 of the Presidential Powers
(Temporary Measures) Act by clarifying the exact time when regulations
made in terms of the section expire, that is at the end of 180 days
from the date of commencement.
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