July 27, 2021Cabinet considered and approved the Children’s Amendment Bill, 2021. The Children’s Amendment Bill will be amended to align it with the 2013 Constitution and incorporate provisions of International Conventions and treaties that Zimbabwe has ratified. The Bill widens and criminalises instances of child abuse to include allowing a child to reside in or to frequent a brothel; causing the seduction, abduction or commercial sexual exploitation of a child; and causing a child to participate in the propagation of child sexual abuse material. The denial of medical treatment or access to medical treatment to a child without reasonable cause will also be criminalised.
July 27, 2021Cabinet considered and approved the Child Justice Bill, 2020. The Bill will establish a Child Justice System for children in conflict with the law, in accordance with the values and principles underpinning the Constitution and the international obligations of Zimbabwe; seeks to entrench the principles of rehabilitation and restorative justice as an integral part of the child justice system, and to establish procedures for the screening of children to create special rules for a Child Justice Court. The Bill will provide for legal representation for children; and the sentencing options available for children. The age of criminal responsibility of a child is being reviewed upwards from 7 to 12 years. The Bill also provides for the establishment of child justice committees at national, provincial and district levels that will be mandated with monitoring child justice.
July 27, 2021The development of the Wetland Management Framework is on course, with the Wetlands Management Guidelines having been validated and adopted by the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry. The draft National Wetlands Map has been produced and validated, while the One Wetlands Policy now awaits approval by Cabinet. Four of the planned 14 waste drop-off sites were under construction at Mbalabala Business Centre in Umzingwane District, Mvurwi Town, and two in Harare Metropolitan Province.
July 27, 2021Cabinet considered and adopted the National Development Strategy 1 Communication Strategy. A sustained national information campaign targeting the entire nation on the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1), the national blueprint which Government is implementing to move the country towards the attainment of Vision 2030. The aim is to raise citizens’ awareness about NDS1, and to raise public participation in the implementation of Government policies, programmes and projects designed to develop the country towards a prosperous and empowered upper-middle income society by year 2030. This will be undertaken through NDS1 and its successor, NDS2. Appropriate messages will be disseminated to targeted audiences using available communication platforms embracing billboards apparel and collateral messaging as well as digital media.
June 9, 2021President Launches National Labour Migration and National Disability Policies
June 3, 2021
The prison was officially opened with 30 female inmates and is estimated that once fully operational, it will accommodate 500 prisoners.
May 6, 2021Zimbabwe has been ranked at 130 out of 180 countries in 2021 compared to its ranking at 126 in 2020, new rankings by the Reporters Without Borders (RSF). The report, however, also notes some positive developments. RSF noted that on assumption of office, President Emmerson Mnangagwa promised to reinforce the pillars of democracy including the media, which were harassed and gagged for 37 years under Mugabe.RSF noted that access to information has improved and self-censorship has declined, but journalists are still often attacked or arrested.
March 11, 2021President launch translated NDS1 handbook. The original English NDS1 translated or produced into Shona, Tonga, Nambya, Venda, Xhosa, Kalanga, Chewa, Shangani, Tswana, Sotho, Ndebele, Chibarwe & Ndau
March 30, 2021Cabinet considered and approved the Provincial Metropolitan Councils Bill, which was presented by the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, as Chairman of the Cabinet Committee on Legislation. Cabinet was informed that the current Provincial Councils and Administration Act [Chapter 29:11] should be amended to align with the Constitution. Chapter 14 of the Constitution provides for matters to do with the creation of Provincial and Metropolitan Councils in line with the principles of devolution"
March 23, 2021Cabinet considered and approved the Public Finance Management Amendment Bill, 2021 which was presented by the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs as Chairman of the Cabinet Committee on Legislation. Public Finance Management Act, Chapter 22:19 so as to align it to the Constitution. Through the amendments, there shall be provision for provincial and metropolitan councils and local authorities, and for Parliamentary oversight of State revenues and expenditure; seeks to improve management of public funds
March 16, 2021Cabinet considered and approved the Police Amendment Bill, which was presented by the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, as Chairman of the Cabinet Committee on Legislation. Seeks to align provisions of the Polic Act with the constitution.
Nov. 25, 2020
The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs presented the National Security Council Bill, which was adopted by Cabinet. The Bill is in fulfilment of Section 209 of the Constitution, which provides for the Council. The Bill stipulates the membership and functions of the National Security Council as well the general framework for the operations of the Council. Highlights of the provisions include addition of commanders of the security services, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, and the Ministers responsible for intelligence, security, defence, police, prisons, finance and foreign affairs to the Council’s membership. The Bill also provides for reports on national security to be made by the President to Parliament each year.
Nov. 17, 2020
Cabinet considered and approved the Zimbabwe Independent Complaints Commission Bill, 2020 as presented by the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs. The Bill seeks to provide for an independent complaints mechanism for members of the public, against members of the security service pursuant to Section 210 of the Constitution. Cabinet noted that the complaints mechanism is to be intermediated by a body which is independent of each of the security services.
July 2, 2020
The new Freedom of Information Bill became law after being gazetted following the approval of the final amended version from Parliament by President Mnangagwa.The new Act, a giant step forward in the reform agenda, repeals the long-criticised Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) and brings Zimbabwe’s information-related laws into conformity with the Declaration of Rights in the Constitution.
Feb. 13, 2020
Cabinet considered and approved the proposed Zimbabwe National Plan of Action for the Universal Periodic Review (2017-2021) which the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs presented.
Jan. 30, 2020
The National Prosecution Authority (NPA) has been given the nod to recruit 200 public prosecutors for special anti-corruption courts across the country.
The development comes as prosecutors seconded to the NPA by the uniformed forces have since returned to their work stations following last year’s Constitutional Court ruling that employment of serving members of security services was unconstitutional.
Dec. 29, 2019
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has begun preparatory consultations to draw boundaries that will be used for the next harmonised elections.
While the delimitation exercise is usually conducted after the national population census — of which the next one is expected in 2022, a year before the elections — Government has already decided to amend the Constitution to delink the two key exercises.
Dec. 18, 2019
Cabinet considered and approved the Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2019 which the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs presented as chairman of the Cabinet Committee on Legislation. Some of the salient amendments to be effected will include the following
Nov. 13, 2019
Cabinet considered and approved the National Prosecuting Authority Amendment Bill, 2019 which the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs presented.
The proposed amendments are primarily aimed at improving the operations of the National Prosecuting Authority, and revamping its governance structures.
Nov. 23, 2019
Foreign Affairs Minister, Rtd Lt Gen Sibusiso Moyo has said that the removal of the Public Order and Security Act (POSA), which was deemed draconian, replacing it with the Maintenance of Peace and Order Act (MOPA) was the right thing to do.
Nov. 3, 2019
Government has released US$300 000 for the national roll-out of electronic fuel monitoring devices that will curb malpractices in the petroleum industry.
The new national fuel monitoring and management system, which was developed by Matsimba Technology, will monitor fuel stocks at individual service stations using electronic dipsticks.
Nov. 3, 2019
A raft of constitutional and legislative reforms to deepen civil liberties, individual rights, extend the women’s quota system and entrench political and electoral reforms, are expected to be gazetted next month under an omnibus Constitutional Amendment Bill, it has been learnt.
July 31, 2019
Cabinet approved principles for the amendment of the Administrative Justice Act. Key features of the proposed amendments include the following: providing for a definition of ‘administrative conduct’ as stipulated in Section 332 of the Constitution, Amendment of Section 3(1)(a) of the Act to reflect that every person has the right to administrative conduct that is lawful, prompt, efficient, reasonable, proportionate, impartial and both substantively and procedurally fair and inserting in Section 4 of the Act a provision that guarantees recourse to the Constitutional Court on administrative cases that are constitutional in nature or connected thereto,”
July 8, 2019
Parliament has welcomed the gazetting of the Freedom of Information Bill as a positive step towards the fulfilment of the country’s aspirations for a vibrant media industry and entrenchment of democracy.
June 8, 2019
Energy and Power Development Minister Fortune Chasi fired the entire ZESA board for failing to “appreciate the urgency of the situation we are in”. The country is battling acute electricity shortages, and Minister Chasi says the board was not doing much to address the power challenges. In an interview with The Herald Minister Chasi said he will replace the board with people who do not wait for monthly or quarterly meetings to address power challenges confronting the nation. Asked why he had sacked the board, which was only appointed on March 19 this year, Minister Chasi said: “I want people who appreciate the urgency of the situation we are in. I did not see that in them.
Feb. 27, 2019
Government continue to align the outstanding laws to the Constitution with Cabinet having approved the principles of the proposed Maintenance of Peace and Order Bill on 19 February 2019, which will repeal the Public Order and Security Act (POSA).
Feb. 13, 2019
Cabinet resolved to repeal the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) and amend the Police Act as the Second Republic demonstrates determination to embark on reforms through aligning laws to the Constitution. The repeal of AIPPA will give rise to three legal instruments — the Access to Information Bill, the Zimbabwe Media Commission Bill and the Protection of Personal Information/Data Protection Bill.