Harare, January 10, 2014 – President Robert Mugabe has assigned functions to all his ministers except the ministry of State for Liaising on Psychomotor Activities in Education and Vocational Training, the latest government Gazette shows.
This comes as the government has gazetted the National Prosecuting Authority bill, paving way for the bill to be tabled before Parliament for debate.
The latest government gazette carries a statutory instrument 19 of 2014 with which the president used to allocate laws to the different ministers.
Mugabe assigned to his office the Interception of Communication Act and the Post and Telecommunication Act. This means the office of the president will be responsible for snooping on Zimbabwe’s communication.
The president has also allocated the Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) Act, the Procurement Act and the Research Act to his office.
The Temporary Measures Act has come under scrutiny with legal experts saying it is unconstitutional.
The Mines ministry was allocated with the Mines and Mineral Act, Aircraft Offenses Act and Precious Stone Trade Act.
The ministry of Primary and Secondary Education was assigned with the Education Act, Harare City Library Act, Masonic Education and Fund Incorporation Act and Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council Act.
All the other ministries where allocated Acts corresponding with their mandate.
However, nothing was assigned to the ministry of State for Liaising on Psychomotor Activities in Education and Vocational Training, suggesting that the ministry has no Act governing its mandate.
Meanwhile, the government took one step to enacting the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), by publishing the National Prosecuting Authority bill.
The NPA, under the new Constitution will be a body that prosecutes on behalf of the State.
It will be headed by Prosecutor General, Johannes Tomana.
“The prosecutor general shall constitute and conduct criminal proceedings on behalf of the State and shall carry out any necessary functions incidental to instituting and conducting such criminal proceedings and may continue criminal proceedings,” reads section 12(1) of National Prosecuting Authority bill.
Section six of the bill states that the authority shall have a board which will supervise its work.
“The board shall administer and supervise the authority and appoint persons to the authority, whether as permanent members on pensionable conditions of service, or on contract or otherwise, and assigning and promoting them to offices, posts and grades in the authority and fixing their conditions of service and inquiring into and dealing with complaints and grievances made by or against members of the authority.”
“The board shall not be subject to the control or direction of any person or authority, other than for the purpose of audit by the auditor general of those funds of the authority that are voted by Parliament or charged on the consolidated revenue fund by this act or any other law,” further reads section six of the bill.
Under the current Constitution, Tomana must submit to Parliament an annual report on the operations of the authority.
“The prosecutor general must submit to Parliament, through the appropriate minister, an annual report on the operations and activities of the National prosecuting Authority, the report being submitted not later than six months after the beginning of the year following the year to which the report relates,” reads section 262 of the Constitution.
Also the Parliament can appoint someone not from the NPA to be a prosecutor under the new Constitution.
“An act of Parliament may confer powers of prosecution on persons other than the NPA but these powers must not limit or conflict with the authority’s power under this part,” reads section 263 of the Constitution.