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Zambia: Political Party Funding Bill to be laid before Parliament soon

The long lingering debate of whether or not to fund political parties by government may finally be settled with government announcing that a bill is on the cards. Justice Minister Given Lubinda said that the bill will be introduced in the next sitting of parliament between September and December. Lubinda ...

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Rwanda: Parliament passes new Bill to strengthen Bank of Rwanda

The Lower Chamber of Parliament yesterday passed a new law that will govern the National Bank of Rwanda, an act that that seeks to amend the bank’s 2007 law with view to strengthen its operations in line with the latest developments in the financial sector. According to the Minister for ...

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Malawi: Gov’t gazettes New Spy Agency Bill

A proposed Bill by Malawi government to change the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) into a National Intelligence Service (NIS) has been gazetted in readiness to be tabled in Parliament as it will give the spy agency powers to obtain warrants of arrest and detention on citizens. Solicitor General Dr Janet ...

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Uganda: We Will Change Land Bill – Otafiire

After two parliamentary grilling sessions on the tabled Constitutional Amendment Bill 2017 on land, government now is toying with the idea of changing some of the contentious clauses of the draft legislation. Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire told The Observer at parliament yesterday that there are ...

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Uganda: Don’t gag Age Limit debate- Otafiire appeals

As debate over the yet-to-be tabled proposed amendment on the presidential age limit heats up and gets caustic every other day, Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire has warned groups for and against the lifting of the 75 year upper age cap for presidential candidates not to attempt to gag each other. ...

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Ghana: Gov’t withdraws Special Prosecutor Bill from Parliament

The government has withdrawn the controversial Special Prosecutor Bill from Parliament. The Bill seeks to establish the Special Prosecutor’s Office,  a specialized Agency with powers and authority of the Attorney General to investigate cases of corruption and prosecute public and private officers implicated in corrupt activities. The Majority Leader and ...

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Ghana: ‘Secret’ clause in Special Prosecutor Bill to make office useless – Amidu

A former Attorney General, Martin Amidu, has suggested that the government’s efforts to create a special prosecutor office will be a wasted venture if sections of the draft Bill currently before Parliament are not removed. According to him, a clause in the bill which states that the Special Prosecutor must not ...

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Ghana: Cabinet approves Fiscal Responsibility Law to cap fiscal deficit to 3-5% of GDP

Days after the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, hinted of Government’s desire to place a cap on Ghana’s fiscal deficit as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Cabinet has given its approval for the submission of the appropriate legislation to Parliament to amend the relevant law. The proposed amendment ...

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