Govt forges ahead with Constitutional re-alignment process

Harare – Work on re-aligning various laws to the new Constitution is progressing well, with the General Laws Amendment Bill expected to be tabled before Parliament next week, a senior Government official has said.

Zimbabwe adopted a new Constitution in 2013, but some laws and provisions from the old supreme law are yet to conform to the constitution.

These include the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act, the Citizenship Act, the Marriages Act and Customary Marriage Act and other Acts to operationalise commissions.

“We are hoping by the end of next week our General Laws (Bill) will go to Parliament,” Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs permanent secretary, Virginia Mabhiza said.

The General Laws Bill seeks to align about 150 pieces of legislation with the new Constitution.

Mabhiza said other pieces of legislation being finalised included the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Amendment Bill.

“We have also put in place a task force which is considering other legislation from various ministries. The task force is already active, we hope by March these (pieces of legislation) will go to Parliament.”

The process of re-aligning Zimbabwe’s laws to the new constitution has taken long due to various challenges including limited funding and lack of support from line ministries.

A least 400 pieces of legislation require re-alignment to the new Constitution.
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