The Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate is holding a consultative workshop in Bulawayo on the alignment of the Water Act with the constitution of Zimbabwe.
In line with the provisions of the new constitution, the Water Act, should provide for the state to take reasonable legislative measures to prevent ecological degradation and provide ecological conservation to secure sustainable development in the use of natural resources.
The inter-ministerial task force is in Bulawayo to consult stakeholders who include catchment councils and other water users on the laws that have to be aligned.
In an interview with the ZBC News on the sidelines of the workshop, Mr Jameson Mukuratorwa, who is the Director – Legislative Drafting in the Attorney General’s office and is part of the inter-ministerial task force, said the interactions with stakeholders are bearing fruits.
He further stated that the consultative process will help the national process of aligning the country’s water laws with the new constitution.
Legal Advisor in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate, Mrs Jill Makarati said they are progressing well with the process as stakeholders are raising pertinent issues that must be looked at such that the Water Act is sustainable.
The process of aligning all laws in the country to the new constitution is lengthy and the government through the inter-ministerial task force is spearheading the process.