5 Bills sail through Par­lia­ment

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Zva­maida Mur­wira Harare Bureau

AT least five Bills have been passed while 10 are still un­der con­sid­er­a­tion as the cur­tain comes down on the Third Ses­sion of the Eighth Par­lia­ment.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe has an­nounced Oc­to­ber 4 as the date when the Fourth Ses­sion of the cur­rent Par­lia­ment would be of­fi­cially opened.

In a Statu­tory In­stru­ment of a Gov­ern­ment Gazette pub­lished last Fri­day, the Head of State and Gov­ern­ment and Com­man­der in Chief of the Zim­babwe De­fence Forces fixed Oc­to­ber 4 as the day of the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Fourth Ses­sion of the Eighth Par­lia­ment in terms of sec­tion 146 of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

In the Gov­ern­ment Gazette, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said sec­tion 146 of the Con­sti­tu­tion al­lowed each House of Par­lia­ment to de­ter­mine the time and du­ra­tion of its sit­tings other than its first sit­tings and pe­ri­ods of re­cess.

He also said that the Con­sti­tu­tion em­pow­ered him to sum­mon the Au­gust House at any time to con­duct spe­cial busi­ness.

“And whereas, it is ex­pe­di­ent that Par­lia­ment should be sum­moned to meet. Now there­fore, un­der and by virtue of the pow­ers vested in the Pres­i­dent as afore­said, and as re­solved by Par­lia­ment on the 18th of Septem­ber 2013, I do hereby by this Procla­ma­tion fix (a) Par­lia­ment build­ing, Harare, as the place at which the Of­fi­cial Open­ing of the Fourth Ses­sion of the Eighth Par­lia­ment shall be held; (b) 12 o’clock noon on Tues­day, 4th of Oc­to­ber, 2016, as the time and date at which the Fourth Ses­sion of the Eighth Par­lia­ment shall be­gin,” reads the no­tice.

Dur­ing the Third Ses­sion of the Eighth Par­lia­ment five Bills sailed through and the ma­jor high­light was the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Amend­ment Act which seeks to pro­vide mech­a­nisms to in­sti­tute dis­ci­plinary mea­sures against may­ors, coun­cil­lors and chair­per­sons of ru­ral district coun­cils.

Some of the Acts passed are Pub­lic Fi­nance and Man­age­ment Act, Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zones, Man­i­ca­land State Univer­sity of Ap­plied Sci­ences Act and Gwanda State Univer­sity Act.

The Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Amend­ment Act was passed de­spite protests by op­po­si­tion MDC-T leg­is­la­tors who felt that the law was tar­geted at Harare mayor, Mr Bernard Manyenyeni, an al­le­ga­tion that was dis­missed by Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing Min­is­ter Saviour Ka­sukuwere who was steer­ing it.

Other Bills still un­der con­sid­er­a­tion be­fore Par­lia­ment in­clude Land Com­mis­sion Bill, Ju­di­cial Laws Amend­ment Bill, Deeds Registries Amend­ment Bill, Mines and Min­er­als Amend­ment Bill, Min­er­als Ex­plo­ration and Mar­ket­ing Cor­po­ra­tion Bill and Zim­babwe Na­tional De­fence Univer­sity Bill.

Oth­ers are Na­tional Com­pet­i­tive­ness Com­mis­sion Bill, Pan African Min­er­als Univer­sity of Sci­ences and Tech­nol­ogy Bill and Na­tional Peace Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Bill and Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment and Dis­posal of Pub­lic As­sets Bill.

Some of the high­lights of the Third Ses­sion was the ex­pul­sion of three Zanu-PF mem­bers of Par­lia­ment for dif­fer­ent rea­sons.

For­mer Nor­ton MP Mr Christo­pher Mutsvangwa was fired for his un­re­pen­tant at­ti­tude in which he con­stantly sought to an­tag­o­nise party lead­er­ship, while Chi­man­i­mani West MP Mr Mu­na­cho Mutezo was fired for his links with Zim­babwe Peo­ple First Leader Dr Joice Mu­juru with Bikita West MP Mun­yaradzi Kereke was fired af­ter be­ing sen­tenced to 10 years for rap­ing his mi­nor niece.

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