Govt realigns 154 out 206 laws to new charter


GOVERNMENT has so far amended over 154 out of the 206 laws that require realignment with the new Constitution, Attorney-General Prince Machaya, has said.

By Nokuthaba Dlamini


Addressing civil society groups in Victoria Falls on Monday, Machaya said: “Initial research has revealed that out of the 396 statutes in our statutes book there are 206 laws that need to be re-aligned with the Constitution and out of these 154 of the laws have been realigned through the General Laws Amendment Bill, Public Debt Management Act and the National Prosecution Authority Act,” Machaya said.

His remarks came as civil society groups and human rights defenders were calling for the speedy realignment of the laws with the national charter.

He said the government did not prioritise any laws in the alignment process, but said responsible line ministries were the ones that initiated the laws that fall within their respective ministries that needed to be re-aligned with the Constitution.

“We have not applied any criteria to prioritise. Our priority has been to get as much legislation as possible to Parliament, all we have been doing basically is to say whatever is ready should go, we have not preferred other legislation or other acts over others as soon as changes to a particular act finished we push them,” Machaya said.