Understanding the Parliamentary Budget Process

The Budget Process Parliamentary budget oversight is at the heart of Executive oversight. Strong Parliamentary budget oversight is one of the mechanisms to promote a socially accountable governance system. Importance of the Budget The budget governs the allocation of scarce resources. A budget is a plan for acquiring resources (revenue) and how these resources will …

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DOWNLOAD: National Prosecuting Authority Amendment Bill

This National Prosecuting Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2019 is designed to improve the governance structure of the National Prosecuting Authority. The Bill also takes account of the accounting status of the Authority. The Bill provides for the appointment of Deputy Prosecutors-General to assist the Prosecutor-General in the discharge of his or her constitutional mandate DOWNLOAD: National Prosecuting Authority (Amendment) …

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DOWNLOAD: Law Society denounce proposed constitutional amendements

In terms of Section 92 of the Constitution, a presidential candidate chooses running mates who upon election become the national Vice Presidents. The rationale for these provisions was to introduce non-disruptive succession planning whilst ensuring that in the event of a Vice President taking over the office of President he would be having the people’s …

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How we end up with laws we don’t want

By Joel Mandaza Many a time, people complain about pieces of legislation they feel does not speak to their realities. It appears there is a top-down approach in the way laws are formulated. They look like they are mused upon in well-conditioned offices and are foisted upon the powerless public. There is a bit of …

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Legislator urges Mthuli to maintain 2% tax

By Staff Reporter Shamva South legislator Bramwell Bushu (Zanu PF) has called on Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube to maintain the unpopular 2% tax arguing that the government needs the money to finance its activities. Speaking in the National Assembly during the Finance Bill Budget Debate, Honourable Bushu said the government has been …

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Parly should pick Coroner General

By Joel Mandaza Zimbabweans say the proposal to have President Emmerson Mnangagwa picking the Coroner General is not ideal adding that the role should be given to Parliament instead. The Coroner General’s Office will be a public office that will be responsible for unearthing causes of suspicious deaths. Presenting a report to the National Assembly …

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The problematic clause in the Corporate Governance Act

By Joel Mandaza In June 2018, President Emmerson Mnangagwa signed the Public Entities Corporate Governance Act into law. This is a law aimed at improving corporate governance at public entities which in all honesty need a thorough exorcism. The aim and target are barely the same things, especially when it comes to policy in Zimbabwe …

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Consumer Protection Bill passes through Parliament, awaits Presidential assent

By Joel Mandaza The Consumer Protection Bill which sailed through Parliament is now awaiting the Presidential assent to become law. In a notice in the Government Gazette of December 6, 2019, Speaker of National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda announced that “In terms of section 131(5) (b) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, it is hereby notified …

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Cyber Bill should give creatives more room

By Michelle Muchina Creatives in the country say the Cyber Bill which is yet to be gazetted but whose principles were approved by Cabinet at its 35th meeting should go a long way in creating more room for expression. Although the Bill which has been talked about since the time of the late President Robert …

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No consistencies, no guarantees, 2020 budget is a moving target

By Staff Reporter Seasoned economist Gift Mugano has trashed Mthuli Ncube’s budget which was presented last week arguing that it lacks consistency adding that there is no guarantee that it will be the same by the end of December 2020. Minister Ncube had promised a ZW$29 billion budget for 2020 but a few weeks later …

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