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Lawyers, residents snub Parly meeting

by Staff reporter
16 Jul 2020 at 07:44hrs | Views
BULAWAYO lawyers and residents on Tuesday snubbed the public hearing on the Attorney-General (AG)'s Office Amendment Bill and the National Prosecuting Authority Amendment Bill, forcing parliamentarians to abort the meeting.

The purpose of the AG Office's Amendment Bill is to provide for the appointment of deputies to the AG to enhance effectiveness of the office.

Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Misheck Mataranyika (Zanu-PF) said despite publicisation of the event in the media, the lawyers and residents did not turn up.

"What is disappointing is that despite all our efforts to flight adverts in the paper, on radio and even writing to the Law Society of Zimbabwe, there were no members of the Law Society of Zimbabwe. No lawyers came yet these Bills directly affect their work," he said.

"So at least, we expected some lawyers to come and present their views about these Bills because they directly affect the legal fraternity per se. So this is what happened, people did not turn out and as a committee we had to make a resolution to call off the meeting."

Mataranyika said Parliament was holding public hearings on the two Bills in Harare, Manicaland, Gweru and Bulawayo.

"Purpose is to consult members of the public about their views on those two Bills consistent with section 141 of the Constitution that states that Parliament must ensure that interested parties are consulted about Bills being considered by Parliament unless such consultation is inappropriate or not practical," he said.

Mataranyika said maybe members of the public did not show up because they did not understand what the Bills entailed.

"In this case, we felt that it was practical which is why we went ahead with consultations. Unfortunately, the Bills, being technical didn't draw a lot of interest from members of the public because they do not understand the contents of the Bills," he said.

Mataranyika said the public had two weeks to submit their views before the report is taken to Parliament.

Source - newsday

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