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Parliamentary round up: Bulletin No. 18 / 2010
Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust
October 12, 2010
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of Parliament adjourned today barely 20 minutes of their sittings.
The Senate resumed its sitting today after a 3-months long break
occasioned by the COPAC outreach programme whereas the House of
Assembly resumed its business last week.
of Assembly Plenary
The House of
Assembly adjourned without any debate on the 5 motions on the Order
Paper. The only business it transacted was the presentation of notices
of the 3 following bills by Hon. Chinamasa;
(i) Criminal Laws Amendment (Protection of Power, Communication
and Water Infrastructure) Bill [H.B. 1, 2010]
National Security Council Amendment Bill [H.B. 2, 2010]
General’s Office Bill [H.B. 3, 2010]
As per procedure,
the Bills were immediately referred to the Parliamentary Legal Committee
(PLC) for closer scrutiny to ascertain if they do not violate provisions
of the Constitution.
There were no
takers on the motion in reply to the presidential speech, which
was introduced on Wednesday last week by Hon. Mbwembwe.
The other 3
motions due for debate were the consideration of Adverse Reports
by the PLC on the following Statutory Instruments;
(i) S.I No.
102 – Epworth Local Board (Heavy-Vehicle Parking) By-Laws,
(ii) S.I No.
103 – Trade Measures (Fees) Regulations, 2010
(iii) S.I No.
106 – Plumtree Town Council (Incorporated Area) (Rent, Service
and Supplementary Charges) (Amendment) By-Laws 2010 (No.1)
PLC Chairman, Hon. Mushonga indicated to the Speaker that his Committee
was not ready to the present its reports on the aforementioned 3
statutory instruments. Thus debate was deferred to a later day.
was not clear why the committee stage of the Public Order and Security
Amendment Bill was not done since Hon. Gonese, who introduced the
Bill was present in the House.
As a result,
the House had to adjourn just 20 minutes into its sitting.
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