By Staff Reporter
Harare, June 20, 2016 – JUSTICE, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa says the country has since aligned 159 laws out of 299 which are in the country’s statute books.
Mnangagwa, who is the country’s Vice President, was speaking in the Senate during a sitting by the upper house last Thursday where he also blamed Ministers for failure to bring to the house, laws which they were administering.
He had been asked by Bulawayo Senator Victor Mapungwana on what government was doing in terms of aligning the country’s laws with the new Constitution, 36 months since the new charter became a fully fledged law.
“What is the time limit or deadline for all outstanding provisions of the Constitution to be implemented, taking into account that we are left with less than 18 months to go for another General Election?” Mnangagwa was asked.
“There is no deadline. Out of the 299 Statutes in our books, we have so far aligned 159,” he said.
“We have identified about 200 Statutes requiring alignment and out of that number, 159 have been completed and processed through this House, through the General Laws Amendment Bill and other Independent Statutes.”
Mnangagwa blamed ministers for delaying the realignment of laws under their ministries.
“The ones that have not been processed are from line Ministries where Ministers have not been able to process in time the areas of their concern or mandate.
“However, with regards to such alignment relating to Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, the Government or the Executive directly, that has been completed.”
The opposition has accused the ruling Zanu PF of cherry-picking laws suiting its agenda for realignment and leaving those that advance democracy.
Currently, Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere is accused of using provisions of the Urban Councils Act to suspend MDC mayors.