Friday, 30 September 2016


The official opening of the 4th Session of the Eighth Parliament by President Mugabe has been moved from the 4th to the 6th of October 2016. 

No reason has been given for the change of plans. The President is expected to set the legislative agenda for the new session. Acting Clerk of Parliament Mr Anthony Malunga said all invited guests would be allowed to use their invitation cards as they remained valid despite the change of dates.

“The Acting Clerk of Parliament would like to inform all Members of Parliament and the general public that the date for the official opening of the Fourth Session of the Eighth Parliament by his Excellency the President, Cde R.G. Mugabe, has been moved from the 4th to the 6th of October 2016 at 1200hrs in the National Assembly Chamber,” said Mr Malunga.

Mr Malunga, however, said all Members of Parliament of both the Senate and the National Assembly would resume sittings on the 4th of October 2016 at 1415hrs and 1430hrs respectively.

Some of the laws that are likely to be on the next Parliament session’s legislative agenda have to do with cyber-crimes following the abuse of social media for destabilisation purposes.

This week, Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Minister Supa Mandiwanzira, said Zimbabwe had formulated the National Cyber Security Policy on computer crimes such as data protection, electronic transactions and commerce to ensure that commercial activities were protected and regulated.

The Bills that are expected to deal with cyber-crimes include the Cyber Security Bill, the Data Protection Bill and the E-Commerce Bill.


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