Zimbabwe - overview of Bills as of 22 October 2020

President Mnangagwa, at the opening of the Third Session of the Parliament of Zimbabwe on the 22nd October, included a legislative agenda for the rest of this year and until the same time next year.  

Outstanding Bills from the previous Session

Bills from the previous Session that have not yet been completed and which passing should be expedited:

Bills passed by the National Assembly but still in the Senate

  • Marriages Bill, as amended by the National Assembly
  • Zimbabwe Media Commission Bill, as amended by the National Assembly
  • Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 1) Bill (the not-properly-passed 2017 Bill, not the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 2) Bill currently in the National Assembly)

Bills already presented to the National Assembly and partly dealt with

  • Forest Amendment Bill
  • Financial Adjustments Bill
  • Cyber Security & Data Protection Bill - the President specifically mentioned this Bill as one to be speeded up, “given the importance of robust and secure information systems to drive digital services in all sectors of our economy”.
  • Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 2) Bill
  • Manpower Planning and Development Amendment Bill  - still awaiting initial PLC report after its First Reading in September.

Bills gazetted and awaiting presentation in the National Assembly

  • Pension and Provident Funds Bill
  • Centre for Education, Innovation, Research and Development Bill

29 New Bills on the Legislative Agenda

In addition to the Bills carried over from the previous Session, the President targeted a large number of other Bills – 29 by our count – for presentation to and enactment by Parliament during this new session.

Economic Reform Bills

Sugar Industry Bill – to repeal and replace the outdated Sugar Industry Production Control Act of the 1990s

Economic Empowerment Bill – to replace what is left of the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act

Competition Amendment Bill – to align Zimbabwean law with the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement

Cooperative Societies Amendment Bill – to amend the Cooperative Societies Act to take account of the role of small to medium enterprises and the informal sector in the economy

Mining sector

Mines and Minerals Amendment Bill

Precious Stones Trade Amendment Bill

Gold Trade Amendment Bill

Tourism Sector

Tourism Amendment Bill

Parks and Wild Life Amendment Bill

Energy sector

Electricity Amendment Bill

Copper Control Amendment Bill

Devolution and decentralisation

Note: The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs has already told the National Assembly that the devolution Bills will have to wait until the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 2) Bill has become law and corrected anomalies in the constitutional provisions on devolution.

Provincial Councils Amendment Bill

Traditional Leaders Amendment Bill

Urban Councils Amendment Bill

Rural District Councils Amendment Bill

The President said that this devolution legislative exercise would also require amendments to the following Acts to enhance the devolution of powers and functions to the lower tiers of government as required by the Constitution: Regional, Town and Country Planning Act; Environmental Management Act; Roads Act; Public Health Act; Education Act; Housing and Building Act; Water Act; Liquor Act. Although the President did not say so, an obvious way to cope with these consequential devolution-related amendments would be in the Amendment Bills listed above or in a single omnibus Bill

Construction Industry

Construction Industry Council Bill

Higher and Tertiary Education

Manpower Planning and Development Amendment Bill

Centre for Education, Innovation, Research and Development Bill

State Universities Amendment Bill


Youth Bill

Sports and recreation

Sports Integrity Bill

Sport, Leisure and Recreation Bill


Broadcasting Services Amendment Bill

Protection of Personal Information Bill

Ministry of Home Affairs

Citizenship Amendment Bill

Immigration Amendment Bill

Police (Amendment) Bill


Children’s Amendment Bill

NGOs and Private Voluntary Organisations

Private Voluntary Organisations Amendment Bill