Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs minister Eric Matinenga is expected to table the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment No. 20 Bill when Parliament resumes sitting today.
Report by Veneranda Langa
Both the House of Assembly and Senate resume sitting after they had been adjourned on February 26 to allow MPs to campaign for the “Yes” vote during the referendum. The Fifth Session of the Seventh Parliament promises to be one of the shortest ones as it had only sat for 12 days since it was officially opened by President Robert Mugabe in October 2012.
The Fourth Session of the Seventh Parliament last year, sat for a total 54 days, and the Senate sat for 49 days.
Bills that are set to be crafted before automatic dissolution of Parliament on June 29 include the Attorney-General’s Amendment Bill, which seeks to amend sections of the Attorney-General’s Act that potentially infringes upon the independence of that office.
The Constituency Development Fund Bill to correct the irregularities detected following an audit of the CDF, the Income Tax Amendment Bill, the Zimbabwe Investment Authority Bill, Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill, amendments to the Diamond Act and the Civil Aviation Act, and the State Enterprises and Parastatals Management Bill are some of the Bills expected to be crafted during this short session.