May 2016

Banking Amendment Act, 2015

To amend the Banking Act [Chapter 24:20], the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Act [Chapter 22:15], the Deposit Protection Corporation Act [Chapter 24:29] and the Schedule to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Amendment Act, 2010 (No. 1 of 2010); to repeal the Troubled Financial Institutions (Resolution) Act [Chapter 24:28]; and to provide for matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing. Enacted by the Parliament and the President of Zimbabwe. This Act may be cited as the Banking Amendment Act, 2015.

Constitution Watch 8-2016


[16th May 2016]

Constitutional Alignment: Media Freedom


The Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights and Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to information, Ms Pansy Tlakula, will be visiting Zimbabwe this week to assess the country’s progress in re-aligning media-related laws with the Constitution.

Bill Watch Parliamentary Committees Series 16-2016



[13th May 2016]

Open Parliamentary Committee Meetings: 16th to 19th May

The committee meetings listed below will be open to the public next week.   The week’s public hearings on the Pan-African Minerals University of Science and Technology Bill and the Minerals Exploration and Marketing Corporation Bill will be notified in a separate bulletin.

Local Government Laws Amendment Bill, 2016 [H.B. 1, 2016]

Note by Veritas: This text of the Local Government Laws Amendment Bill, (H.B 1, 2016) which was at Second Reading Stage was replaced with a new text on 28 June 2016. The new text incorporates the amendments which address the issues raised by the Parliamentary Legal Committee on the initial text of the Bill. The new text is the basis upon which the Parliamentary Legal Committee issued a non-adverse report on the Bill.

Constitution Watch 7-2016


[11th May 2016]

Suspension of Mayor of Harare – Constitutional?


The story is well known, at least to local residents.  Following a dispute between the City Council of Harare and the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing over the appointment of a Town Clerk, the Minister purported to suspend the mayor from office.

BILL WATCH 21-2016

BILL WATCH 21/2016

[8th May 2016]

Both Houses of Parliament Will Continue Sitting from Tuesday 10th May

Local Government Amendment Bill being Printed

Parliament has received the Local Government Amendment Bill from the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing.  On 27th April the Bill was sent to the Government Printer for printing and gazetting.

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Exchange Control Operational Guidelines - ECOGAD 8-16 and Exchange Control Directive RR 86

1.1. Following the Monetary Policy measures announced by the Governor, Dr. J.P. Mangudya on 4 May 2016 to deal with cash shortages whilst simultaneously stabilising and stimulating the economy, Exchange Control is issuing operational modalities outlined in this ECOGAD8/2016 for ease of implementation by Authorised Dealers.

Commissions Watch 4-2016


[5th May 2016]

Public Interviews to Fill ZEC Vacancies: Monday 9th May

Candidates, Venue and Interview Times

This bulletin follows up Commissions Watch 3/2016 with further information about the public interviews to be conducted by Parliament’s Committee on Standing Rules and Orders [CSRO] on Monday 9th May, starting at 9.00 am sharp.    

Commissions Watch 3-2016


[4th May 2016]

Public Interviews to Fill Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Vacancies

Monday 9th May

This bulletin is to give advance notice that the public interviews of candidates nominated for appointment as members of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission [ZEC] will be conducted at Parliament on Monday 9th May.