Chivi – The Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs held its first ever constitutional alignment outreach programme at district level in Chivi, giving villagers in the district an opportunity to air their views on the contentious alignment process.
Speaking at the event, the Attorney General, Advocate Prince Machaya who was the guest of honour, said it was important that people are interested in constitutional matters.
"We came to make sure that existing laws which are inconsistent with the new constitution especially laws that have to do with the rights of the people are aligned. My mandate is to make sure that every law is in line to the constitution," said Adv Machaya.
He said there were 396 pieces of legislation which need to be aligned to the constitution, saying only 154 laws have been aligned so far with 49 others being worked on.
Adv Machaya also told people not to be bound by laws and acts that are not in line with the current constitution saying that such laws had become null.
Permanent Secretary Mabhiza in the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs encouraged people to make use of the ministry's free legal advice services.
"I encourage people to approach the Ministry for free legal advice at our various offices located in your nearest areas. I also encourage people to report all cases of corruption and everyone must play their part in fighting corruption," she said.
The meeting was also graced by other dignitaries including Chivi District Administrator Bernard Hadziramwi, Chivi Rural District Council Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson Tariro Matavire and Killer Zivhu respectively.