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Services Bill passes through committee stage
October 05, 2006
Services Bill, which seeks to remove magistrates and their supporting
staff from the authority of the Public Service Commission and place
them under the commission that certifies judges, on Tuesday passed
through the committee stage with support from both Zanu-PF and MDC
Members of the House of Assembly.
law was referred to the Parliamentary Legal Committee to check that
the amendments were in line with the Constitution of Zimbabwe.
In his second
reading speech, Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister
Cde Patrick Chinamasa said if passed, the law would enhance the
independence of the judiciary, a development which would be in conformity
with the internationally acceptable standards where judiciaries
operated with a great degree of autonomy.
to the debate, MDC chief whip and Mutare Central legislator Mr Innocent
Gonese said the Bill was long overdue as it had been an anomaly
to place magistrates under the PSC.
This, he said,
had compromised the judiciary’s capacity to operate freely without
external pressure and influence.
Mr Gonese said
he hoped the Judicial Services Commission would improve conditions
of service of magistrates and their supporting staff who were currently
leaving in great numbers in search of greener pastures. He implored
Government to provide adequate resources to the commission to enable
it to fully carry out its mandate.
Services Commission is constituted in terms of the Constitution
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