Plans to amend the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) have hit a brick wall on a technicality after Senate adjourned sitting to the 30th of this month, a time when the 3rd Session of the 7th Parliament would have lapsed on the 23rd of this month, paving way for the 4th Session of 7th Parliament.
The adjournment of Senate means the POSA Amendment Bill that attracted a lot of debate in the lower house and the upper house will be rendered null and void just like any other bill that was under consideration before the end of the 3rd Session of the 7th Parliament.
Earlier, during debate of the bill on second reading before moving the motion on the adjournment of the debate, Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Cde Patrick Chinamasa had moved for a motion on setting aside the debate on the amendment of the bill, citing the un-procedural nature the amendment bill was presented to Parliament by the mover of the motion, Mr Innocent Gonese.
However, in a desperate bid to save the bill he had smuggled into Parliament, Mr Gonese contested the dropping of the bill off the order paper, opting for the adjournment of the bill despite knowing that the move will be of no significance.
The adjournment of Senate also means that apart from the POSA Amendment Bill, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission Bill and the Electoral Amendment Bill will not go through the Senate due to the same technicality.