Govt aligns 154 Acts to new Constitution

THE Department of Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs in the Justice ministry has aligned 154 Acts with the national Constitution, NewsDay has learnt.
Acting chief law officer, Netsai Zvakasikwa made the disclosure while addressing a war veterans workshop in Kariba yesterday.

BY VENERANDA LANGA

“Two hundred and six Acts out of 396 Acts require alignment to the Constitution, and this brings us to 154 Acts, which have been aligned,” she said. “Of the 116 Acts, 67 are confined to making appropriate provisions for the representation of women in statutory bodies.”

Zvakasikwa said 49 Acts out of the remaining 116 required substantial amendments.

“Looking at these figures, a substantial amount of alignment work has been completed, as we are now left with the final lap,” she said.

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Zvakasikwa said, unlike other countries like Kenya, which has a constitution implementation committee, Zimbabwe had tasked an inter-ministerial task force on legislative alignment comprising of legal advisers from various ministries to take charge of the process.

She said some ministries had not yet submitted their requests on alignment needs to the task force.

“Others are even ignorant of the legislation that falls under their ambit, and whether there is need for alignment with the new Constitution or not. Under such situations, it makes our work as the task force technical committee quite difficult, as we work with submissions from line ministries,” she said.

Zvakasikwa said some ministries had inadequate legal personnel to do law reviews and development, which stalled the alignment process.

Speaking at the same event, War Veterans ministry secretary, Walter Tapfumaneyi said school fees were a right for the former freedom fighters.

“It is a right and when we demand that school fees for war veterans must be paid, they must provide, and if they cannot do so, they must apologise profusely because these are fundamental rights,” he said. Tapfumaneyi said his ministry required at least $6,4 million per school term to support 33 541 war veterans’ school-going children.

5 Responses to Govt aligns 154 Acts to new Constitution

  1. Shumba January 21, 2016 at 8:21 am #

    The fiscus is bleeding and war vets want money to pay for their school kids…seriously where wil six mill per term cme frm.

  2. Mukanya January 21, 2016 at 8:39 am #

    Another route of looting the already bleeding fiscus, after the dubious War Vets Compensation Act.

  3. Sagitarr January 21, 2016 at 10:27 am #

    I wonder if the surviving former gureillas are aware of the source of money that government uses in its various projects. Most of it is from tax collection. With company closures this money is dwindling and yet expenses keep ballooning, which is why most civil servants were not paid a bonus and salary dates are no longer public knowledge. 80% of whatever tax revenue comes into govt coffers is going to recurrent expenditure like salaries. Mathematically, this is not sustainable. Politically, promises will be made to placate various constituencies to “keep them happily confused” until they start reasoning on their own. When a minister is no longer willing to commit to a pay date this is a very bad sign. It doesn’t matter at that point what the president says.

    There is a saying “a promise is a comfort to a fool”, heed it or forever remain a fool.

    Money doesn’t just exist in a vacuum, wealth has to be created, even if mineral resources abound.

    Govt policies determine whether this creation happens or not. This govt expects to create wealth via unbridled promises, “hand-outs” and half-baked policies. Good luck.

    • AZIZ PAHAD January 21, 2016 at 11:02 am #

      To Sagitarr,
      * * * * * * *
      The reality is that Zanu pf thugs extort or steal all that they can from non indigenous persons and entities.
      Of course western governments shamelessly fill the Zanu pf coffers with their so-called “humanitarian aid” funds.

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