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.