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ED tables 28 Bills, calls for speedy considerations

Cyber Bill included on list

By Daniel Chigundu

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has called on Parliament to speedily consider the 28 Bills that have been set as the legislative agenda for the Second Session of the 9th Parliament of Zimbabwe.

The legislative agenda is composed of both new Bills and old laws which will be amended as part of the law alignment process which is currently underway in the country.

Speaking during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) as well as the official opening on the Second Session of the 9th Parliament of Zimbabwe, President Mnangagwa said delays in considering Bills will not be allowed.

“The law must be a universal instrument of development. As such, the slow pace in this August House, which has resulted in a low number of bills passing through Parliament, cannot be allowed to continue.

“I, thus, challenge Honourable Members in their individual and collective capacities, to play their part in speeding up our parliamentary processes.

“Equally, reports of mismanagements of public finances as exposed by the Office of the Auditor General, and brought before this Parliament, must never be condoned,” he said.

President Mnangagwa added that “corruption retards our development, frustrates our ease and cost of doing business reforms and robs us of revenue. The government will continue to strengthen institutions that help in the fight against corruption.

“We must rid our society of this corruption cancer, to this there is no going back. It is time to increase accountability and transparency. We must work hard and smarter to serve our people, they deserve better,” he said.

The President also took the opportunity to highlight that that the desired Zimbabwe with opportunities and hope will only come through productivity, innovation, responsiveness, persistence, deliberate planning and disciplined focus can bring the desired Zimbabwe.

The 28 laws to come under deliberations:

The High Court Act, Labour Court Act, Magistrates Court Act Police Act, Public Finance Management Amendment Bill, The Insurance and Pension Act, Securities and Exchange Commission Bill, The Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill, The Gold Trade Act, Precious Stones Act, The Competition Act, The Petroleum Act, The Electricity Act, The Freedom of Information Bill, The Zimbabwe Media Commission Bill, Protection of Information Bill, The Broadcasting Services Act, The Cyber Crime and Cyber Security Bill, The Data Protection and Electronic Transactions Bill, The Pension and Provident Funds Bill, The Medical Aid Societies’ Bill, The Prisons and Correctional Services Bill, Child Justice Bill, Mandatory Sentencing for Rape and Sexual Offences Bill, Immigration Act, The Persons with Disabilities Bill and The Private Voluntary Organisation Bill

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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