Parly resumes sitting

Yoliswa Dube Chronicle Reporter
PARLIAMENT resumes sitting tomorrow after adjourning for the Christmas break on December 17 last year. The National Assembly and the Senate adjourned on the same day and will both open tomorrow. The legislative assembly resumes with six Bills that were gazetted last year awaiting presentation in Parliament: the Manicaland State University of Applied Sciences Bill; Gwanda State University Bill; the Special Economic Zones Bill, the Public Finance Management Amendment Bill and the Minerals Exploration and Marketing Corporation Bill as well as the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission Bill.

According to legal watchdog, Veritas, 12 Bills were passed in parliament last year and only three of them, the Joint Ventures Bill; the Zimbabwe Gender Commission Bill and the Banking Amendment Bill await Presidential assent to become law.

Nine others, including the Labour Amendment Bill, the Public Accountants and Auditors Amendment Bill; the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (Debt Assumption) Bill as well as the Finance Bill now have legal force after President Robert Mugabe signed them into law.

While moving for the adjournment of the Senate in December, Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa said senators had done commendable work in 2015.

“I’m confident that given the policies that we’re pursuing, prosperity should be around the corner. With these remarks, I move that the House do now adjourn to 2nd February, 2016,” said Minister Chinamasa.

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