9th Parliamentbills

Lapsed Bills to be restored on Order Paper

By Staff Reporter

 Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Ziyambi Ziyambi is expected to seek the approval of the National Assembly to restore on the Order Paper Bills that lapsed at the end of the First Session of the 9th Parliament.

According to Veritas Zimbabwe, the move to restore the lapsed Bills is in line with the Standing Order 161(1) which allows the House to approve the Minister’s motion as means of avoiding wasting work devoted to a Bill by MPs and Parliamentary staff and the expense incurred in carrying out that work.

When approved by the House the Bills will be restored at the stage at which they were when the First Session Ended.

Below is the list of the Bills and stages reached before the end of the First Session:

Zimbabwe Investment and Development Agency Bill [Committee Stage in National Assembly to be completed, including consideration of amendments proposed by the Portfolio Committee on Industry and Commerce]

Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Amendment Bill [for Second Reading stage]

Coroner’s Office Bill [for continuation of Second Reading debate]

Marriages Bill [waiting for Parliamentary Legal Committee [PLC] report]

Freedom of Information Bill [waiting for PLC report]

Education Amendment Bill [waiting for resolution of the last-minute disagreement between the Houses, the National Assembly having rejected an amendment made by the Senate]

According to Veritas Zimbabwe Bill Watch 58/2019, the Zimbabwe Media Commission Bill also lapsed at the end of the last session while it was under consideration by the PLC after its First Reading but is missing from the Minister’ motion.

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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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