March 2014

Trafficking In Persons Bill, HB 5-2014

This Bill seeks to domesticate the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (“the Protocol”, for the contents of which see the First Schedule to this Bill), supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime.  Conformably to the Protocol, the Bill will provide for the prohibition, prevention and prosecution of the crime of trafficking in persons and the protection of victims of trafficking in persons.  It also seeks to appoint a Committee on Trafficking in Persons with a mandate

Report on the First Africa Legislative Summit, 10 - 13 November 2013

The Theme for the First Africa Legislative Summit was Emerging Democracies in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities”. The event was organised by the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) in collaboration with the Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA), Africa Business Round Table and the Parliamentary Centre of Canada.


Electoral Amendment Bill - HB 7-2013

This Bill will amend the Electoral Act [Chapter 2:13] (“the principal Act”), principally to make the following changes to it:

(a)          to bring the Act into conformity with the provisions of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of Zimbabwe, 2013 (“the new Constitution”), in particular, with respect to the indirect party-list election of 60 Senators, 60 women members of the National Assembly and 80 members of the non-metropolitan provincial councils;

SI 2014-053 - Agricultural Land Settlement (Permit Terms and Conditions) Regulations, 2014

IT is hereby notified that the Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement has, in terms of section 39, as read with section 7(a), of the Agricultural Land Settlement Act [Chapter 20:01], made the following regulations:- These regulations may be cited as the Agricultural Land Settlement (Permit Terms and Conditions) Regulations, 2014.

Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty (CCPR-OP2)

The States Parties to the present Protocol,
Believing that abolition of the death penalty contributes to enhancement of human dignity and
progressive development of human rights,
Recalling article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted on 10 December
1948, and article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on 16
December 1966,
Noting that article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights refers to

AU Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance

We, the Member States of the African Union (AU);
Inspired by the objectives and principles enshrined in the Constitutive Act of the African Union, particularly Articles 3 and 4, which emphasise the significance of good governance, popular participation, the rule of law and human rights;

Recognising the contributions of the African Union and Regional Economic Communities to the promotion, nurturing, strengthening and consolidation of democracy and governance;

PLC Adverse Report on Deposit Protection Regulations - SI 156 of 2013

In pursuit of its constitutional mandate as provided for in section 152 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, The Parliamentary Legal Committee met on the 4th of December 2013 at 0900hrs and 9thof January 2014 at 1000hrs to consider inter alia Statutory Instrument 156 of 2013. After deliberations, it unanimously resolved that an adverse report be issued in respect of Statutory Instrument 156 of 2013, gazetted in the month of November 2013, due to the following considerations:

Bill Watch 14-2014

BILL WATCH 14/2014

[18th March 2014]

The National Assembly is Sitting This Week
The Senate will not sit again until Tuesday 25th March

Coming up in the National Assembly This Week

The week’s sittings of the National Assembly will start on Tuesday 18th March at 2.15 pm. 


Court Watch 5-2014


[17th March 2014]

Judicial Service Commission Invites Public to Nominate Candidates
for Appointment as Supreme Court and High Court Judges

In an announcement posted on its website and published in newspaper advertisements the Judicial Service Commission [JSC] has invited members of the public to nominate suitably qualified persons to fill:

- 3 vacancies on the Supreme Court bench

Zimbabwe National Gender Based Violence Strategy 2012 - 2015

lt gives me great pleasure to present the National Gender Based Violence Strategy (2012- 2015) which is a commitment of the Government of Zimbabwe to eradicate Gender Based Violence and promote Gender Equality. Zimbabwe ratified the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1991, the Protocol to The African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa in 2007 and the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development in 2009.