Reform package in home stretch

Source: Reform package in home stretch | The Sunday Mail May 5, 2019

Reform package in home stretchMinister Ziyambi Ziyambi

Lincoln Towindo

Cabinet is this week set to debate a comprehensive package of reform proposals drawn up by a high-level committee set up by President Emmerson Mnangagwa last month, which, if adopted, will trigger the roll-out out of epoch-making political and economic reforms that will define a prosperous future for the country.

The Cabinet Committee on Political and Electoral Reform has since produced a working document outlining reforms prescribed by some election observer missions, the Motlanthe Commission and the ongoing political dialogue.

Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi, who chairs the committee, told The Sunday Mail that the working party charged with coming up with the proposals “has concluded its work”.

“The working party produced a working document on all the things that we need to do as part of implementation of the political reform which we are working on,” said Minister Ziyambi.

“Very soon we are going to present a memorandum to Cabinet outlining the things that need to be done.

“Within the next week or two we should be doing that. . .

“But the working party has concluded its work and we think we are making good progress.

“Suffice to say some of the things we have already started doing, including the repeal of Posa and Aippa and the alignment of laws to the Constitution,” he said.

Some of the recommendations will ultimately result in constitutional amendments that will be housed under an omnibus Constitutional Amendment Bill.

Already, some of the reforms that have been be approved are being operationalised.

Minister Ziyambi said Government, through the Department of Social Welfare, has begun paying tuition fees for children whose parents were killed during the August 1 post-election violence as recommended by the Motlanthe Commission.

The Maintenance of Peace and Order Bill, which will replace Posa, has already been gazetted.

Work on the Protection of Personal Information Bill, Media and Information Commission Bill, and the Freedom of Information Bill — expected to repeal Aippa — is underway.

Further, laws that are considered to be

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anti-business are being reviewed.

Government has also made giant steps to improve the doing business environment through gazetting the Zimbabwe Investment and Development Agency Bill, which seeks to streamline investment application procedures and guarantee protection of investments.

But more is still being done.