Cluster Approach key in aligning laws with the Constitution
The Inter-Ministerial Taskforce on the Alignment of Legislation to the Constitution (IMT) held its first Bi-Monthly meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe on the 13th of March 2020 which was chaired by The Attorney General of Zimbabwe Advocate Prince Machaya.
Present at the meeting were Legal Officers from several Line Ministries and representatives from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs); Zimbabwe NGO Forum, Veritas, Women and Law in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe Election Support Network & representatives from the International Organization for Migration and Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission.
In his opening remarks, The Attorney General acknowledged the support given by the Delegation of the European Union in Zimbabwe (EU) and the Centre for Applied Legal Research (CALR) support; CALR offers technical support and the EU provides the taskforce with financial support. IMT Bi-Monthly meetings are therefore designed to check on the progress of the alignment processes from line ministries as well as soliciting feedback and offering recommendations.
The Attorney General mentioned that he presented the Bill Tracker to Cabinet, this approach enables him to notify ministers and advise them on the need to expedite the alignment process. The Bill Tracker is an instrument developed by the IMT, it reflects the status of the bills which the IMT is aligning to the constitution.
The IMT has adopted a cluster approach which is key in facilitating and aligning laws with the constitution, laws which are similar and which have overlapping issues are aligned simultaneously.
IMT clusters are:
- Media and Information Laws Cluster
- Security Cluster
- Local Government Cluster
- Social Services Cluster
- Environment and Natural Resources Cluster
- Justice Delivery Cluster
- Economic Services Cluster
- Political and Civil Rights Cluster
- Cross Cutting Cluster
The Attorney General also highlighted that the taskforce will make use of media campaigns through a content-based approach in raising the visibility of the IMT’s work, thereby informing the public and all key stakeholders about processes the IMT undertakes in legislative alignment.