400 laws to be aligned to new Constitution

HARARE - The ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs is aligning 400 Acts of Parliament with the new Zimbabwe constitution, a senior government official has said. 

Fortune Chasi, the deputy justice minister, said his ministry was committed to ensure Zimbabweans’ rights are enforced as the new Constitution requires.

Zimbabwe adopted a new Constitution on May 22 last year, but it has taken the government longer than expected to make headway in enacting necessary changes to capture provisions in the new charter.

“There is no doubt that as a country, we adhere to the law and as government we are working to align the 400 laws to the new Constitution,” Chasi told a function to mark the unveiling of a new magistrates’ court in Norton last week.

“There is no appetite to amend the Constitution.

“Our history as a people has been about struggle for justice. The Constitution’s preamble is clear on issues of democracy, justice and human rights.”

The new Constitution largely retains Zimbabwe’s imperial presidential powers, devolves more power to local government, strengthens the role of Parliament, expands civil liberties and elevates the status of women.

 

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