May 2019

BILL WATCH 28-2019 of 28 May - One Bill Passed, More Expected to be Passed This Week

  BILL WATCH 28/2019

[28th May 2019]

Both Houses Sat Last Week and is Sitting Again This Week

Coming Up in Parliament This Week

At the end of last Thursday’s sitting both Houses adjourned until today, Tuesday 28th May.  This is a departure from the Sitting Calendar, which envisaged a break until 11th June.  The departure must have been prompted by the need for accelerated progress on pending Bills.

COMMISSIONS WATCH -28 May 2019 -Parliament Calls for Nominations to Fill One Vacancy on Human Rights Commission

COMMISSIONS WATCH

[28th May 2019]

ZIMBABWE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

Parliament Calls for Nominations to Fill One Vacancy on
the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission

There is one vacancy to be filled on the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission following the resignation of Commissioner C. T. Khombe before the expiry of his term of office.

Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission - One Vacancy - Parliament Calls on Public to Submit Nominations for Appointment to Fill Vacancy

CALL FOR PUBLIC NOMINATIONS FOR PERSONS TO SERVE ON ZIMBABWE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

The Standing Rules and Orders Committee of the Parliament of Zimbabwe is mandated in terms of sections 237 and 243 of the Constitution, to nominate candidates for appointment by his Excellency the President to serve as Commissioners on the Zimbabwe Human Rights  Commission provided for in Chapter 12  Part 3 of the Constitution.

Companies and Other Business Entities Bill -- Committee Stage Amendments approved by the National Assembly on Friday 17th May 2019

The Companies and Other Business Entities Bill went through its Committee Stage in the National Assembly on Friday 17th May 2019.  A number of amendments were made. 

The Bill was then referred to the Parliamentary Legal Committee for its report on the constitutionality of the these amendments.

Tripartite Negotiating Forum Bill - Committee Stage amendments made in the National Assembly on 17th May 2019

The Tripartite Negotiating Forum Bill went through its Committee Stage in the National Assembly on Friday 17th May.  Several clauses were amended, notably provisions giving the Government twice the representation (14 members) allocated to each of Organised Labour (7 members) and Organised Business (7 members).  The amendments reduce Government members to 7.

SI 2019-117 - Petroleum (Petroleum Products Pricing) (Amendment) Regulations, 2019 (No. 1) - New Petroleum Pricing Model with effect from 20th May 2019

This statutory instrument was published in the Government Gazette Extraordinary dated 20th May 2019.  It enacts a new Petroleum Pricing Model with effect from that date, replacing the model introduced on 13th January 2019.

See also SI 116/2019 gazetted on the same date to reduce the excise duty on petrol, diesel and power kerosene.

SI 117/2019 can be downloaded below.

SI 2019-116 - Customs and Excise (Tariff) (Amendment) Notice, 2019 (No. 8) - Reduction of Excise Duty on Petrol, Diesel and Power Kerosene

This statutory instrument was pulished in a Government Gazette Extraordinary dated 20th May 2019.  With effect from that date the statutory instrument, made by the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, reduces the rate of excise duty on leaded petrol and unleaded petrol [down to a uniform rate of $1.15 per litre] and the rate of excise duty on diesel and power kerosene [down to a uniform rate of $0.90 per litre].  The new rates are expressed in the local dollar - not the US dollar.  [The former rates of duty came into effect on 13th January 2019 under

12 Years Without an Execution: Is Zimbabwe Ready for Abolition? A Survey of Public Attitudes Towards the Death Penalty - Mai Sato

In this report, Dr Sato investigates the strength of public opinion regarding retention of the death penalty
in Zimbabwe, to interrogate the claim that the public would reject abolition. Dr Sato’s conclusion is
compelling; although a small majority of Zimbabweans continue to favour the death penalty, it is evident
that such support is qualified. When asked what they would do if the government abolished the death
penalty, the vast majority of those who supported it said they would be willing to accept the new policy.

Parliamentary Committees Series 17-2019 -- Open Committee Meetings Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st May 2019

BILL WATCH

PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES SERIES 17/2019

Open Committee Meetings : Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st May

The National Assembly portfolio committee meetings listed below, to be held on Monday 20th May at Parliament in Harare, will be open to the public.  [Further open committee meetings to be held on Thursday 23rd May will be notified in a separate bulletin as soon as possible.]

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