August 2016

Zimbabwe’s Draft Computer-Crime and Cybercrime Bill (Layman’s Draft) July 2013

A Bill for An Act to criminalize offences against computers and network related crime; to consolidate the criminal law on computer crime and network crime; to provide for investigation and collection of evidence for computer and network related crime; to provide for the admission of electronic evidence for such offences, and to provide for matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing.

Report of the Thematic Committee On Peace and Security on the State of The Country’s Borders

1.0       Introduction

In the wake of reports that national borders have become porous and conduits of smuggling which have cost the nation millions of dollars due to inefficiencies and operational deficiencies, the Committee visited two border posts namely Beitbridge and Plumtree to get a more comprehensive understanding of the problems.

2.0       Background

BILL WATCH 35-2016

BILL WATCH 35/2016

[17th August 2016]

Parliamentary Sittings Resumed on Tuesday 16th August

No Mid-term Fiscal Policy Review This Week

The latest information is that the Mid-term Fiscal Policy Review will not be presented this week.  A date for its presentation will be announced in due course. 

Parliament is not expected to sit next week.

SI 2016-086 - Plumtree Town Council (Clamping and Tow-away) By-laws, 2016

IT is hereby notified that the Minister of Local Government Public Works and National Housing has, in terms of section 229 of the Urban Councils Act [Chapter 29:75], approved the following by-law’s made by the Plumtree Town Council. —


These by-laws may be cited as the Plumtree Town Council (Clamping and Tow-away) By-laws, 2016.


Broadcasting Services Act [Chapter 12-06] as amended 15th August 2016

An Act to provide for the functions, powers and duties of the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe; to provide for the constitution of the Authority; to provide for the planning, management, allocation, regulation and protection of the broadcasting frequency spectrum and the regulation and licensing of broadcasting services and systems; to provide for programme standards; to regulate and license signal carriers; to encourage and develop the creative arts through broadcasting content standards; to create a sense of national identity through broadcasting services; t

Land Commission Bill (H.B. 2, 2016)

This Bill seeks to provide for the Zimbabwe Land Commission referred to in section 296 or the Constitution and for matters pertinent thereto, including the allocation of rights in State Land for agricultural purposes, the registration of such rights, the creation and extinction of servitudes over State Land, the settlement of persons on such land, the control of the subdivision and lease of land for farming or other purposes, and the limitation of the number and sizes of pieces of land that may be owned by any individual.

Constitution Watch 16-2016


[10th August 2016]

Constitutional Alignment

Prisons Act Amended by Constitutional Court

Parole for Life Prisoners


Last month, in a landmark judgment delivered in a case brought by Veritas, the Constitutional Court declared that prisoners undergoing life imprisonment were entitled to be considered for release on parole in the same way as other prisoners.

BILL WATCH 34-2016

BILL WATCH 34/2016

[5th August 2016]

Parliament Will Not Sit Again until Tuesday 16th August

Acts of 2016

There has been no change since our last list.  Only two 2016 Acts have been gazetted so far, as follows—

Hon Cross motion on VP Mphoko interference at Avondale police - July 2016

Extract from Hansard
National Assembly
27th July 2016





HON. CROSS: Mr. Speaker Sir, I rise with the indulgence of the National Assembly to introduce a motion of national urgent importance which I hope can be debated later on this afternoon, at a designated time.

Report of the Auditor-General for the Financial Year Ended December 31, 2015 on State Enterprises and Parastatals


Audit mandate
My duties as set out in the Constitution of Zimbabwe and amplified in the Audit Office Act [Chapter 22:18] are, in addition to examining, auditing and reporting on accounts of all persons entrusted with public monies or state property, to audit all institutions and agencies of government, and at the request of government carry out special audits of the accounts of any statutory body or government controlled entity.