Bill Overview: Amendment No. 2 aims to increase Mnangagwa’s executive powers

By Veritas Zimbabwe In previous Constitution Watches [see below for links to these bulletins] we analysed specific provisions of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 2) Bill, which ‒ coronavirus permitting ‒ is likely to be presented in Parliament soon after the 17th April. In this Constitution Watch we shall look at the Bill in …

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Here is a list of what War veterans are demanding

4.5 Clause 12: Benefits and establishment of schemes. (A) PENSION (I) Associations representing the four categories of Veterans of the Liberation Struggle called for the removal of the term ‘BASIC’ in Clause 12 (a) (I) arguing that it allows the Minister or any such responsible authority, to offer a pension benefit that may not be …

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You are sidelining us on mega deals and treaties, says Parliament

Mutasa South legislator Regai Tsunga has accused the executive of sidelining Parliament when it comes to international conventions and treaties that the country has signed to. Speaking during Second Reading of the International Treaties Bill in the National Assembly, Honourable Tsunga said there must be clarity and openness when dealing with international treaties so that …

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Lets not fool ourselves 14 year-olds are having sex, Parliament told

Proportional Representation legislator Ruth Labode has told Parliament that teenagers from 14 years are already having sex and the Marriages Bill should have a clause that will allow them to access family planning products. Currently, teenagers require consent from guardians and parents for them to buy or access family planning products and services. This requirement …

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MPs with “small houses” condemned Clause 40 (5) the most, says Gonese

Mutare Central legislator Innocent Gonese says he was shocked that some legislators, businessmen and church leaders who have small houses and concubines were some of the people at the forefront castigating Clause 40 (5) of the Marriages Bill. DOWNLOAD: MARRIAGES BILL The infamous clause talks about civil partnerships and it was felt by some section …

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Birth certificates to blame for child marriages, says MP

Uzumba Constituency legislator Simbaneuta Mudarikwa says challenges that people are encountering in accessing birth certificates in the country are to blame for the many cases of child marriages. Zimbabwe, like many other countries in Southern Africa, is said to have high cases of child marriages due to a variety of reasons that range from poverty, …

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Don’t remove “Small House Clause” says Biti

Harare East legislator Tendai Biti says Parliament should not remove the infamous Section 40 (civil partnership clause) on the Marriages Bill, arguing that it will be a tragedy to remove it. The Civil Partnership Clause was widely condemned by most Zimbabweans especially, women and religious organisations who were of the view that it was meant …

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Committee Report on Marriages Bill: Were your views captured?

HONOURABLE. MISHECK MATARANYIKA: Thank you very much Madam Speaker for giving me the opportunity to present the Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Report on the Marriages Bill. I will not labour you with the introduction that the Minister has already presented, save to say that I am going to present the Report …

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