Set up body to realign laws with new Constitution: Mangwana

via Set up body to realign laws with new Constitution: Mangwana – NewsDay Zimbabwe June 6, 2014

FORMER Zanu PF Copac co-chairperson Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana yesterday said there was need for Zimbabwe to setup a body that will ensure the new Constitution is implemented by forcing the Executive to realign laws urgently.

Speaking during a Crisis Coalition of Zimbabwe conference on constitutionalism in Harare, Mangwana also blasted MPs for failing to initiate private members’ Bills to realign laws with the new Constitution.

He said if legislators waited for the Executive to do so, the process would take ages as some of the provisions in the Constitution sought to curb their powers.

“The mistake that we made was that we did not learn from Kenya which put a body to ensure the Constitution was implemented. Now we are at the mercy of the Executive because we have to wait for them to realign the laws and they can drag their feet because some of the constitutional provisions seek to clip their wings,” said Mangwana.

“I think Parliament is also abdicating its own responsibilities because the constitution is clear that the legislature has powers to make laws for peace and order and good governance of the country – but where are the private members’ Bills to amend various laws?”

Justice and Legal Affairs  deputy minister Fortune Chasi said the government was committed to realigning laws with the constitution. He said although the ministry experienced shortages of drafters, a lot of work had been done with over 300 out of 450 statutes already drafted.

“We have prioritised laws that are very sensitive to the Constitution or human rights issues.  We have been dealing with amendments to the criminal court laws and will be taking the law to the necessary processes.  By next week we will have finished drafting the Administrative Justice Act,” said Chasi.

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights director Irene Petras said it was imperative to regularise commissions such as the National Reconciliation Commission and Gender Commission to ensure they were funded.

Petras blasted the Justice ministry for failing to include people’s views on Bills after public hearings.

Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Jessie Majome said it was difficult for MPs to bring private members’ Bills — particularly those from the opposition as they were often quashed by the ruling party.

 

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    roving ambassador. 7 years ago

    Jessie , just leave that house. If you cannot effect any positive change then leave Zanu to its own devices.

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    Petal 7 years ago

    30th May 2014 Article -headed- Will will not listen to what the people say Mnangagwa on this site
    paragraph reads as follows:
    “Speaking in parliament on Thursday, Mnngagwa said that while he appreciated the efforts of the portfolio committee that went around the country gathering public views on what the people felt should be included in the bill, the onus of what has to be finally put in the bill lies with the executive of the ruling party.

    “Indeed, as Government, we regularly engage interested stakeholders in the public and private sectors and civil society at large when drafting legislation for our nation. We would only caution and remind hon. Members of Parliament that policy is within the domain of the executive branch of the State in accordance with the principle of separation of powers enshrined in our Constitution,” said Mnangagwa.

    This arrogant bufoon justs wants to be seen calling the shots and at the AU he calls for criminalisation of uprising

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    jobolinko 7 years ago

    in another two years we will be half way to the next elections and zanu will be singing a different tune and this will drag until 2018 then JEALOUS MAWARIRE WILL DEMAND ELECTIONS AGAIN

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    Zimbabwe need just one very simple law.

    “Thou shall not steal”

    If we cannot follow just this one law laying down any others is a waste of time.