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Roundup Bulletin No. 01- 8th Parliament - 2013
Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust
September 18, 2013
Mugabe officially opened the First Session of the Eighth Parliament
of Zimbabwe yesterday. In his speech, he outlined what looked like
a busy legislative agenda of the 1st Session as he mentioned no
less than 20 Bills to be brought before Parliament.
MDC-T MPs boycotted the event.
agenda for Parliament
In his speech
marking the official opening of the 1st Session of the 8th Parliament,
President Robert Mugabe outlined a busy legislative agenda for Parliament.
He said the main task of the 1st Session of the 8th Parliament was
aligning existing legislation to the provisions of the new Constitution.
In terms of some of the actual Bills expected to be introduced in
Parliament during the life of the 1st Session are;
- Land Commission
Act Amending Bill
to Insurance Act, Pension Act, Insurance and Pension Commission
Quality Standards Regulatory Authority Bill
- Public Private
Wealth Fund Bill
- Mines and
- Border Posts
- Bill to facilitate
takeover of collection of toll fees from ZIMRA by ZINARA
Negotiating Forum Bill
- Labour Laws
Health and Safety Bill
- Health Services
- Medical Services
- Public Health
- Gwanda State
University of Agricultural Science and Technology Bill
Development Fund Bill
- Bill to domesticate
the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons
the President said the 1st Session was also expected to deal with
outstanding legislative business of the Seventh Parliament.
also outlined key policy programmes and projects that the Executive
branch of government would prioritize during the life of the 8th
Parliament. He said government would implement strategies to mitigate
hardships caused by perennial drought conditions in the country
such as provision of irrigation programmes and agricultural inputs
to farmers. He noted that such strategies would assist to ensure
self-sufficiency and thus help to stop over-dependence on food imports
and hand-outs from donors.
noted that the economy was facing numerous challenges characterized
by declining production levels, high production costs, company closures
and high unemployment level. The government will therefore prioritize
sustained economic recovery and growth and in particular the implementation
of pro-poor economic policies. The President informed the House
that the mining sector was going to play a greater role in the industrial
development process. Hence, the Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill
will be one of the Bills on Parliament’s top priority list
during this session.
also revealed to the MPs that some of the major infrastructural
development projects would be done within the framework of the Public
Private Partnership arrangements. In this regard, a Public Private
Partnership Bill was expected to be passed during the 1st Session.
delivery challenges faced by many local authorities in the country,
President Mugabe said government would play its role and assist
these local authorities to revive their infrastructures. He noted
that US144 million loan facility had already been sourced from China
and disbursed to the City of Harare for water and sanitation infrastructure.
He said similar facilities would be sourced for Bulawayo and other
also noted that there was an urgent need to revamp the parastatals
considering that they had the potential to contribute 40% to the
country’s Gross domestic Product. Part of the measures to
address this problem, would be the introduction of performance contracts
for all heads of parastatals and the adoption of Results-Based Management
approaches in order to engender accountability and efficient service
also acknowledged the plight of civil servants and said government
would review their salaries and also consider non-monetary benefits
in order to improve their situation.
received a nod of approval from MPs on measures to combat the scourge
of corruption in the country. He said his government would adopt
zero-tolerance on corruption. In this regard, an independent National
Prosecuting Authority will be established soon in line with the
provisions of the new Constitution. The Anti-Corruption Commission
will be strengthened. Anti-Corruption Commissioners will be required
to declare their personal assets before they assumed office. In
a related matter, the President said government would be introducing
Constituency Development Fund (CDF) legislation to prevent abuse
of public funds by MPs as happened in the previous Parliament.
policy, the President said his government was ready to work with
any foreign government even those that were at odds with Zimbabwe.
However, he demanded the “immediate and unconditional removal
of the illegal sanctions by some Western countries”, whom
he described as “arrogant”. Notably, this time he did
not mention any one of those countries by name.
his speech by calling for unity in the country despite people’s
political and social diversities.
As per tradition,
parliament immediately adjourned after the President’s speech
in order to allow MPs adequate time to digest the speech in preparation
of debate in Parliament’s next sitting. Thus, Parliament adjourned
to Tuesday 24 September 2013.
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