President Emmerson Mnangagwy’s Cabinet endorsed the repeal of the unpopular Access to Information and Privacy Protection Act (AIPPA) and introduced at least three bills to replace the law governing the media.
At a press briefing for journalists in Harare that followed the cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa announced that this law would be replaced by the proposed bill on the Zimbabwe media commission, the data/information protection law, and the law on amendments to the law on broadcasting services. “The Cabinet noted that the principles (ZMC bill) are to implement the new concept of dispensation and to bring laws in line with the new Constitution and to deepen our democratic space,” she said. According to Mutsvangva, the proposed laws replacing AIPPA will be presented at the next cabinet meeting for questioning and then sent to the General Prosecutor’s Office for the preparation of the draft, and will be further presented to parliament for discussion and possible adoption.
She also said that the cabinet had discussed a proposed amendment to the Police Act to change the criteria for promotion of senior officers. Mutsvangva, who sat next to the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Paul Mavima, said the Cabinet had also decided not to increase the exam fees for the Zimbabwe Exam Board (Zimsec) for regular and advanced levels this year.
The Cabinet also received briefings on the recent visit of Mnangagwa to the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.