The Parliamentary Legal Committee (LPC) has issued an Adverse Report on the Death Penalty Abolition Bill, that was brought by opposition legislator Edwin Mushoriwa.
An Adverse Report is issued when a bill or a statutory instrument contains provisions that if enacted would violate the constitution or the enabling Act of Parliament respectively. This is done by the Parliamentary Legal Committee.
The Committee which is established in terms of Section 152(2) of the Constitution is composed of mainly by members who are qualified to practice as legal practitioners in Zimbabwe unless the available people are not sufficient.
Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Tsitsi Gezi announced on Thursday.
‘’I have to inform the House that I have received Adverse Reports from the Parliamentary Legal Committee on the following: Death Penalty Abolition Bill, [H. B. 5, 2023] and Statutory Instrument 153 of 2023 published in the Gazette on 25th August, 2023,’’ she said.
About the Parliamentary Legal Committee
The Parliamentary Legal Committee is provided for under section 152 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe. Its mandate is derived from the Constitution and Standing Orders which is basically to scrutinize the constitutionality of proposed legislation, both primary and subsidiary and reports accordingly to Parliament.