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Date:21 Mar 2013
Zimbabwe: Draft Constitution to be Gazetted into Bill


Zimbabwe’s Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Eric Matinenga has announced that the recently endorsed draft constitution will be gazetted next Thursday as a Constitutional Bill before it is tabled in Parliament for debate on May 7, 2013.

Addressing Journalists in Harare, Minister Matinenga also said the Constitution Select Committee (COPAC) would be disbanded this month as it had completed its mandate, adding that no changes would be made to the draft constitution but it has to go through all the Parliamentary processes for it to become law.

According to the law, the Constitutional Bill should be gazetted for 30 days before it is taken to Parliament. “There is more than 30 days between March 28 and May 7 and we also expect Parliament to debate for a week or so. If the two thirds majority required to pass the Bill is obtained from the House of Assembly and Senate then it means the Bill will be placed before the President to become law,” Minister Matinenga said.

Minister Matinenga stated that the responsible ministries would soon start aligning various laws with the new constitution as the country heads for general elections this year.

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