Bill Watch


[20th January  2019]

Fixing of Fuel Prices


[14th January  2019]

Both Houses of Parliament are in Recess until Tuesday 29th January

Last Parliamentary Sittings of 2018

Both Houses of Parliament reassembled  on Tuesday 18th December and completed three sittings before adjourning until Tuesday 29th January.    

The National Assembly approved:

BILL WATCH 44/2018

[13th December 2018]

Both Houses Will Resume Next Week, on Tuesday 18th December

The Week Ending Friday 7th December in the National Assembly

BILL WATCH 43/2018

[4th December 2018]

The National Assembly will Resume on Tuesday 4th December

to Debate the 2019 National Budget.

The Senate will not Meet again until 18th December

Last Week’s Preparations for the Budget Debate

BILL WATCH 42/2018

[30th November 2018]

After the Budget Speech on 22nd November both Houses Adjourned:

National Assembly until 4th December, Senate until 18th December

BILL WATCH 41/2018

[25th November 2018]

2019 National Budget

Professor Mthuli Ncube, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, presented the 2019 National Budget Statement and the 2019 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure [the “Blue Book”] to the National Assembly on the afternoon of Thursday 22nd November 2018.

BILL WATCH 40/2018

[19th November 2018]

Both Houses of Parliament are Sitting This Week

2019 National Budget on Thursday 22nd November

BILL WATCH 39/2018

[14th November 2018]

The Two Percent Electronic Transfer Tax

BILL WATCH 38/2018

[13th November 2018]

Pre-Parliamentary Stages of Government Bills:

Need for More Transparency and Public Involvement

BILL WATCH 37/2018

[9th November 2018]

Update on Statutory Instruments January to August 2018: Part 1

This bulletin is Part I of a series aimed at providing basic information about the approximately 170 statutory instruments [SIs] gazetted during the period January to end of August 2018.  The statutory instruments dealt with in this bulletin are grouped by subject-matter under the following headings:

BILL WATCH 36/2018

[6th November 2018]

Both Houses of Parliament Have Adjourned until Tuesday 13th November

Both Houses of Parliament sat on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday last week.  They then adjourned until Tuesday 13th November.  

BILL WATCH 35/2018

[29th October 2018]

Both Houses of Parliament will Resume Sitting on Tuesday 30th October

The Senate and the National Assembly will sit on Tuesday 30th October for the first time since they last met on 11th October.  This bulletin summarises what happened during the sittings from 9th to 11th October and outlines what is  on the Order Paper for this week’s sittings [see end of bulletin].

BILL WATCH 34/2018

[26th October 2018]

Both Houses of Parliament are in Recess until Tuesday 30th October

Government Gazette Extraordinary 12th October 2018

SI 205/2018 – Finance (Rate and Incidence of Intermediated Money Transfer Tax) Regulations [link]

BILL WATCH 33/2018

[23rd October 2018]

How Far has this Parliament’s Legislative Agenda Progressed?

Speaker’s 30-day Ultimatum to Ministers to Present Bills

BILL WATCH 32/2018

[23rd October 2018]

Electronic Money Transfer Tax:  Still Illegal

At the beginning of this month the Minister of Finance and Economic Development announced an increase in the Intermediated Money Transfer Tax [i.e. the tax on electronic money transfers] from five cents per transaction to two cents per dollar transferred.  The increase, he said, would become effective immediately. 


[11th October 2018]

With Her: A Skilled Girl Force

Today, the 11th October, is the International Day of the Girl Child.

The International Day of the Girl Child is celebrated annually on October 11 to highlight issues of gender inequality and the challenges facing young girls.

This Year’s Theme

This year’s theme is “With Her A Skilled Girl Force”.


[10th October 2018]

Conditions of Detention for People Sentenced to Death

Today, the 10th October, is the World Day Against the Death Penalty.

The World Day Against the Death Penalty is commemorated annually on this day to highlight the plight of those who have been denied the most essential human right of all, the right to life, by the justice system.

This Year’s Theme

BILL WATCH 31/2018

[9th October 2018]

Both Houses of Parliament will Sit This Week

Coming up in Parliament This Week

No Bills

The Order Papers for this week mention no Bills.  Progress on Bills awaiting introduction will be the subject of a separate bulletin to be issued shortly.


BILL WATCH 30/2018

[8th October 2018]

Appropriation of Mining Claims, Taxes, Property Rights, and the Rule of Law


BILL WATCH 29/2018

[4th October 2018]

New Intermediated Money Transfer Tax

No Statutory Instrument Gazetted


What Minister Ncube said on 1st October