Zimbabwe: Zmc Bill Sails Through

16 October 2020

The Zimbabwe Media Commission Bill is now headed for Senate after it sailed through the National Assembly with amendments.

The Bill is one of the three legal instruments that seek to repeal the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) as the Second Republic continues in its expansive agenda of reform.

It is also part of Government's broader objective to align laws with the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

Another law is Freedom of Information Act, which was in June this year, signed into law by President Mnangagwa. Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi steered the ZMC Bill in the National Assembly on Tuesday, which saw it being read for the third time, signalling its passage.

This means that it will now be tabled before Senate next week, when it resumes sitting. During debate last week, Minister Ziyambi withdrew a clause in the Bill that deals with regulation of the media profession, a code of conduct and ethics, and other disciplinary issues, saying it was more appropriate to have a separate comprehensive legal framework to deal with these issues.

More From: The Herald

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 900 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.