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Bill back in Parliament
February 28, 2006
Amendment Bill – which has ignited heated debate in Parliament
– has been brought back before the House of Assembly to scrutinise
amendments made by Senate.
The Lower House
will today deliberate on the Bill to consider whether or not it
is in concordance with amendments made by Senate.
The Bill seeks
to provide for the charging of fees and levies in line with the
Consumer Price Index (CPI) as published by the Central Statistics
Speaker of the
House of Assembly Cde John Nkomo had to recall the House to resume
sitting today instead of March 28 as initially scheduled to enable
MPs to deliberate on the Bill.
Both the Senate
and the House of Assembly passed the Bill with amendments. The Bill
has roused heated debate both in Parliament and outside the two
Bill was a new consolidated text that replaces the original Bill
that was withdrawn by the Lower House following an adverse report
by the Parliamentary Legal Committee on the grounds that some of
the contents of the draft were unconstitutional.
Clerk of Parliament
Mr Austin Zvoma yesterday said it was procedural that when a bill
has been passed by the Upper House with amendments, the Lower House
has to reconsider it.
It is procedural
that the Bill be referred to the House of Assembly to find whether
or not it agrees with the amendments made," he said.
Mr Zvoma said
apart from the Bill, legislators would also attend to other business
of the House that included motions.
Some of the
amendments adopted by the Senate included those to Clause 5 providing
guidelines for the increase of fees or levies in non-government
Under the provisions,
the Secretary for Education, Sport and Culture shall approve any
increase of fees or levies if the increase is sought in respect
of the next term of the non-government school concerned provided:
- it does not
exceed the percentage increase in the cost of living from beginning
of the proceeding term as indicated by the CPI and CSO;
- the fees
or levies for the day pupils who are provided with meals at the
school are not more than 40 percent of the fees or levies paid
by boarders; and
- the fees
or levies for the day pupils who are not provided with meals at
the school are not more than 30 percent of the fees or levies
paid by the boarders.
of Zimbabwe Amendment (No 17) Act provides that if there is
a disagreement between the Upper and Lower Houses on amendments
to be made to a Bill which originated from either House, the Bill
might be presented to the President for assent in the form in which
it was passed by the House of Assembly, except for minor changes
required by the passage of time.
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