Bill Watch

BILL WATCH 30/2019

[11th June 2019]

Both Houses will be Sitting This Week

Tripartite Negotiating Forum Act Gazetted and in Force

The Tripartite Negotiating Forum Act, 2019 (Act No. 3 of 2019) was gazetted and came into force on Tuesday 4th June [Government Gazette Extraordinary dated 4th June 2019].  It can be downloaded from the Veritas website [link].

BILL WATCH 29/2019

[3rd June 2019]

Both Houses Sat Last Week

Both have Adjourned until Tuesday 11th June

The last two weeks have seen encouraging progress on Bills, as follows:


Name of Bill

National Assembly [NA]

  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.

BILL WATCH 27/2019

[21st May 2019]

Both Houses are Sitting This Week

Update on Last Week’s Progress on Bills in the National Assembly

Committee Stage amendments made and PLC reports on amendments awaited

BILL WATCH 26/2019

[15th May 2019]

The National Assembly is Sitting Again This Week

The Senate will not Sit Again until Tuesday 21st May

Update on Bills in the National Assembly

Companies and Other Business Entities Bill [link]

Last week

BILL WATCH 25/2019

[6th May 2019]

Both Houses of Parliament Will Resume on Tuesday 7th May

In our Bill Watch 22/2019 of the 17th April we analysed the Maintenance of Peace and Order Bill to see how far it differs from the Public Order and Security Act, and we concluded that the Bill will make no material difference to the existing law. 

In this Bill Watch we shall examine the Bill again to see whether its provisions, if enacted, will be constitutional.

The Constitution

BILL WATCH 23/2019

[22nd April 2019]

Both Houses of Parliament are in Recess until Tuesday 7th May

Maintenance of Peace and Order Bill Gazetted


BILL WATCH 22/2019    

[17th April 2019]

The Maintenance of Peace and Order Bill

            BILL WATCH 21/2019

[16th April 2019]

Both Houses of Parliament are in Recess until Tuesday 7th May

Government Gazettes 15th to 29th March

BILL WATCH 20/2019

[15th April 2019]

The Education Amendment Bill

BILL WATCH 19/2019

[11th April 2019]

The Legislative Agenda for Parliament’s 2018/2019 Session:

How Far Has it Progressed?

BILL WATCH 18/2019

[5th April 2019]

Bills and Acts of 2018

Update on Bills Passed by Parliament during 2018

Twelve Bills were passed by Parliament during 2018:

Finance Bill

Appropriation (2018) Bill

Estate Administrators Amendment Bill

BILL WATCH 17/2019

[28th March 2019]

Both Houses of Parliament Have Approved the

African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance

BILL WATCH 16/2019

[27th March 2019]

The Senate is Sitting This Week

The National Assembly has Adjourned to Tuesday 7th May

In the Senate This Week


Cyclone Idai

The Senate resumed sitting yesterday, Tuesday 26th March, having been in recess for the previous two weeks.  At the end of Thursday’s sitting it is expected to adjourn until Tuesday 7th May. 

BILL WATCH 15/2019

[21st March 2019]

The New Monetary Policy : Legal Issues

The Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe delivered his Monetary Policy Statement on the 20th February and, amongst other measures, announced the following:

BILL WATCH 14/2019

[13th March 2019]

The National Assembly is Sitting This Week

The Senate is in Recess until 26th March

Zimbabwe Ratifies Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty [CTBT]

On 13th February Zimbabwe ratified this treaty, which was signed on its behalf in 1999.  On 14th February a national seminar on CTBT took place in Harare. 

BILL WATCH 13/2019

[12th March 2019]

Unfinished Business 

January’s Defence Forces Deployment:

Parliament Not Yet Officially Informed

Nearly two months have passed since mid-January, when the Defence Forces were deployed in support of the Zimbabwe Republic Police in the maintenance of public order.  The heavy-handed deployment continued for some time. 

BILL WATCH 12/2019

[6th March 2019]

Both Houses of Parliament are Sitting This Week

Finance Act and Appropriation (2019) Act Gazetted

These Acts were published in a Government Gazette Extraordinary dated 20th February:

Finance Act, 2019 (No. 1 of 2019) [link]


[15th February 2019]

From the Horse’s Mouth:  Finance Minister Ncube Tells Senators

What US Dollar/Bond Note Parity Means when Paying Government or its Agencies

Confusing legislative terminology