May 2019

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

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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.]

Rights Behind Bars - A Study of Prison Conditions in Zimbabwe

The primary objectives of this study were to assess the compliance of selected prisons with international and domestic standards on conditions of detention; to consolidate the findings from the prison monitoring project conducted by the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (the Forum) and its membership; to make recommendations for reforms and propose key priority areas.

PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES SERIES 15-2019 Harare Public Hearing on Education Amendment Bill: Thursday 9th May

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PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES SERIES 15/2019

Final Public Hearing on Education Amendment Bill:

Thursday 9th May at 8.30 am, at Parliament

The Portfolio Committee on Primary and Secondary Education will hold its final public consultations on the Education Amendment Bill (H. B. 1, 2019) in the National Assembly Chamber at Parliament on Thursday 9th May at 8.30 am.

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