BILL WATCH 07/2021 - Legislative Work of Parliament in 2020

BILL WATCH 7/2021

[3rd February 2021]

Summary of Legislative Work of Parliament in 2020

Bills Passed by Parliament during 2020

Twelve Bills were passed by Parliament during 2020

Freedom of Information Bill

International Treaties Bill

Veterans of the Liberation Struggle Bill

Census and Statistics Amendment Bill

Attorney-General’s Office Amendment Bill

National Prosecuting Authority Amendment Bill

Finance Bill

Finance (No. 2) Bill

Appropriation (2021) Bill

Constitutional Court Bill passed by Parliament on 15th September 2020

Zimbabwe Media Commission Bill – finally passed by Parliament on 8th December 2020, with amendments, and sent to the Government Printer for final printing on the 9th December;

Manpower Planning and Development Amendment Bill – finally passed by Parliament on 16th December 2020, with amendments, and sent to the Government Printer for final printing on the 21st December.

These First Nine of these Bills were gazetted as Acts by the end of 2020

See Table of Acts below for details of Acts, the Act Number of 1920, Chapter numbers where applicable [not applicable to amendments to existing Acts], date gazetted and date of coming into force and link to the Acts on Veritas website .  

The last three Bills although passed by Parliament in 2020 are not yet gazetted as Acts

Acts of 2020 as at 3rd February 2021

 

Act No. of 2020

Title

Date gazetted

Date into
force

1

Freedom of Information Act [Chapter 11.34] [link]

10 July 2020

10 July 2020

2

International Treaties Act [Chapter 3:05] [link]

10 July 2020

10 July 2020

3

Veterans of the Liberation Struggle Act
[Chapter 17:12]  [link]

4 September 2020

4 September 2020

4

Census and Statistics Amendment Act, 2020 [link]

4 September 2020

4 September 2020

5

Not yet gazetted

 

 

6

Attorney-General’s Office Amendment Act, 2020 [link]

23 October 2020

Not yet in force

7

National Prosecuting Authority Amendment Act, 2020 [link]

23 October 2020

23 October 2020

8

Finance Act, 2020 [link]

28 October 2020

28 October 2020

9

Not yet gazetted

 

 

10

Finance (No. 2) Act, 2020 [link]

31 December 2020

31 December 2020

11

Appropriation (2021) Act, 2020 [link]

31 December 2020

31 December 2020

12

Not yet gazetted

 

 

 

This list of Acts of 2020 is missing Acts 5, 9 and 12 of 2020, the numbers allocated to the three passed Bills which are awaiting Presidential assent and/or gazetting as Acts of 2020.  All Bills passed by Parliament during a particular calendar year become Acts of that calendar year, once assented to by the President and published as law in the Government Gazette – even if assented to and gazetted in the following year. 

2019 Acts that Came into Force during 2020

Act No. of 2019

Title

Date gazetted

Date into
force

4

Companies and Other Business Entities Act
[Chapter 24:31]

15 November 2019

13 February 2020

10

Zimbabwe Investment and Development Agency Act [Chapter 14:37]

07 February 2020

07 February 2020

11

Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Amendment Act, 2019

21 February 2020

21 February 2020

12

Coroner's Office Act [Chapter 7:21]

06 March 2020

Still to be fixed by SI

13

Finance (No. 3) Act, 2019

31 December 2019

31 December 2019

14

Appropriation (2020) Act, 2019

31 December 2019

31 December 2019

15

Education Amendment Act, 2019

06 March 2020

06 March 2020

 

2020 Bills not yet Passed Carried Forward to 2021

In the National Assembly

Cyber Security & Data Protection Bill [link]this Bill has been given its Second Reading – which means the House has approved it in principle – is ready for the start of the Committee Stage, during which it will be considered clause by clause.

Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 2) Bill [link] – this Bill – which was gazetted over a year ago – is part of its way through the Second Reading stage.  MPs have already, on 9th July last year, heard the Minister’s Second Reading speech and the report on the public hearings on the Bill conducted by the Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs [link].  On the same day individual MPs began their contributions to the debate. 

Forest Amendment Bill [link] – for completion of Second Reading stage.

Centre for Education, Innovation, Research and Development [link] – for start of Second Reading stage.

In the Senate

Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 1) Bill – for a repeat of the Third Reading vote on this 2017 Bill, the original Senate vote having been found to be invalid by the court on 31st March 2020.  The court’s order specified a deadline of 180 days from 31st March for the taking of a valid vote, failing which the court’s order of invalidity would come into effect.  A further decision of the Constitutional Court is awaited on the effect of COVID-19 pandemic lockdown on the running of the deadline period.  

Bills Gazetted in 2020 but Awaiting Presentation to the National Assembly

Pension and Provident Funds Bill [link]

Zimbabwe Independent Complaints Commission Bill [link]

 

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