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Enactment of Freedom of Information Act

Herald

    

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.

Previous Updates

Approval of the proposed Zimbabwe National Plan of Action for the Universal Periodic Review (2017-2021)

Herald

    

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.

Approval of Recruitment of 200 Prosecutors by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)

Herald

    

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.

Commencement of preparations for the delimitation process.

Sunday Mail

    

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.

 

Approval of the Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2019

Herald

    

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

Approval of the National Prosecuting Authority Amendment Bill, 2019

Herald

    

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.

Enactment of the Maintenance of Peace and Order Act - Act 9/2019

Herald

    

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.

Maintenance of Peace and Order Act 9/2019

Roll-out of the National electronic fuel monitoring devices

Sunday Mail

    

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.

Outlining of the reform package timeline

Sunday Mail

    

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.

Cabinet approves principles for the ammendment of the Administrative Justice Act

Herald

    

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,”

The Zimbabwe parliament welcomes the gazzetting of the Freedom of Information Bill.

Herald

    

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.

The Minister of Energy and Power Development Fires the whole ZESA Board

Herald

    

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.

Cabinet approved the principles of the Maintenance of Peace and Order Bill

Ministry of Finance Report: Government's Progress on Policy Reforms.

    

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). 

Cabinet approves repeal of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA)

Herald

    

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.

    

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