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Govt speeds up alignment of old laws with new Constitution

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The Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs will soon send more pieces of legislation to Parliament for realignment with the new Constitution, an official has said.

BY TARISAI MANDIZHA

Secretary for the ministry, Virginia Mabhiza, said this at the signing ceremony of the 11th European Development Fund National Indicative Programme 2014 to 2020 in Harare on Monday.

She said government had a mammoth task to align the old laws with the new Constitution.

“As Ministry of Justice, we take this task very seriously and we are very committed to it; this gesture will go a long way in trying to fulfil what we have already begun,” Mabhiza said.

“Currently we are hoping that by end of next week our general laws will go to Parliament and this is a major piece of legislation which is supposed to address some of our key legislation like the electoral law, criminal law and the amendment bills. So this is almost complete, like I said by the end of next week we are quite hopeful it would sail through to Parliament.”

Mabhiza said the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs had put in place a task force which was taking into consideration legislation from other government ministries, which needed to be aligned.

“The task force is in full swing and it is our intention to overwhelm the Parliament with Bills as from March and going forward,” she said.
Government last month said it was finalising the General Laws Amendment Bill which seeks to amend more than 150 pieces of legislation so that they were in line with the new Constitution.

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