Devolution Bill will be tabled before dissolution of Parliament says Ziyambi


Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi has told legislators that the long overdue Devolution Bill will be tabled before Parliament is dissolved.

Parliament in Zimbabwe will be dissolved anytime soon to pave way for the 2023 General elections likely to hold between July and August.

Speaking in the National Assembly, Ziyambi said government will not allow going for the 3rd election without resolving the  devolution issue.

The Bill in question operationalise the Provincial Councils thst are provided for by the Constitution.

Ziyambi said, “Madam Speaker, this is not a new question and we have dealt with the question before. Honourable Chinyanganya is very impatient but like I have always said, this is now work in progress and very urgent.

“We are about to go to elections and some of the issues in that Bill pertains to provincial councillors and we cannot go for a third election without resolving it.

“So, we are working towards ensuring that Bill comes before the dissolution of this Parliament,” he said.

The Kadoma legislator Muchineripi Chinyanganya had asked on when the Devolution Bill was coming to Parliament.

He had said, “My supplementary question emanates from the fact that the question that has been raised is contained in the Devolution Bill.

“Since 2018, we have been asking when the Devolution Bill is going to be presented in Parliament. So, my question to the Hon. Minister is; when should we expect the Local Authorities Bill and the Provincial Councils Bill to be presented before Parliament? Thank you.