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