BILL WATCH 54/2020 - Bills in Parliament: Legislation Discussed in Cabinet

BILL WATCH 54/2020

[10th August 2020]

Backlog of Bills in Parliament

New Legislation Discussed in Cabinet

Backlog of Bills in Parliament

Still to clear through the House of Assembly

  • Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 2) Bill [link]
  • Attorney-General’s Office Amendment Bill [link]
  • Forest Amendment Bill [link]
  • National Prosecuting Authority Amendment Bill [link]
  • Financial Adjustments Bill [link]   
  • Zimbabwe Media Commission Bill [link]

Still to clear through the Senate

  • Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No.1) Bill [link]
  • Marriages Bill [link]
  • Constitutional Court Bill [link]

In the Pipeline

  • Cyber Security and Data Protection [link] [Introduced, awaiting PLC report]
  • Pension and Provident Funds Bill [link] [Gazetted, but not yet introduced]
  • Manpower Planning and Development Bill [link] [Gazetted, but not yet introduced]
  • Centre for Education, Innovation, Research and Development [Awaiting gazetting]

Legislation Discussed in Cabinet

The twenty seventh post-cabinet press briefing of the 4th August, 2020 [link], reported that:

“Honourable Vice President K.C.D. Mohadi, as Chairman of the Cabinet Committee on National Peace and Reconciliation, presented Recommendations from the 2018 and 2019 Annual Reports of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission, which were adopted by Cabinet.  The Vice President will present the recommendations to Parliament in due course as required by the Constitution.

Highlights of the recommendations include the following:

  1. that legislation and a Code of Conduct will be put in place to regulate the operations and conduct of all political parties;
  2. that campaigning against one’s country shall be legislated at law and criminalised;
  3. that existing laws shall be strengthened to include elements that foster tolerance, equality and social cohesion among Zimbabweans as well as prohibit hate speech by public officials, media houses and citizens in public spaces and social, print and electronic media platforms;
  4. that the public should be educated on the Security Services’ complaints handling and feedback mechanisms;
  5. that the development of the Witness Protection Bill be expedited; and
  6. that historians will be resourced to document inclusive story lines that reframe and capture agreeable narratives about Zimbabwe’s history.”


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