Ministries hobbling realignment of Acts of Parly

HARARE - Virginia Mabhiza, permanent secretary in the Justice ministry, has bemoaned lack of support from other line ministries in the alignment of the 400 Acts of Parliament to the new Constitution.

“Other ministries have not been forthcoming with their Acts that we must review before realigning them,” Mabhiza told the parliamentary portfolio committee on Justice.

She said her ministry had identified Acts it wanted  to  quickly work on, including the Electoral  Act, Gender Commission Bill, Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act, Public Order and Security Act (Posa), Land  Commission Bill and the Education Act.

“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,” Mabhiza said.

She said her ministry had also presented a quarterly budget to the Treasury of $120 000 to complete the alignment but said they were only allocated $20 000.

“Sometimes  the work  comes to a halt because of lack of government support,” she said. “Had it not been for the support of our development partners we would not have done much work.”

Mabhiza said her ministry had given itself a two-year deadline to complete the realignment.

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.

Comments (2)

Havadi new constitution. Mungagwa thrives in opaque legal circumstances. And the old one is just being led along the garden path. Achazivei iyeyu?

Tongogara weChachacha - 29 July 2014

The permanent Secretary is supposed to write to the relevant Ministries for their contributions to the acts. Must remember that there may not be institutional memories in such ministries ,hence lack of submissions

JACKSON Mushayapokuvaka - 30 July 2014

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