Government to establish new Bill

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Dr Jimmie Rodgers
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BY BEN BILUA


THE government is in an initial stage of drafting a new legislation that will provide legal provisions in times of Pandemic.Final consultation will be held on the third week of this month and third week of February since the idea was established late last year.


Speaking during the Talk Back Show over the weekend, Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr Jimmy Rogders said the government will bring in provincial leaders to be part of the final consultation and at the same time crafting the Bill.


He also said that the government will present the Bill to Parliamentary Opposition group for inputs so that both parties are on the same page in the development of the Bill.


Dr Jimmy said the final draft will be completed by the end of February before submission to the Parliament Bill’s Committee on first week of March 2021.


He said the Bill will replace the powers and discretion currently exercised under the State Of Public Emergency (SOPE) if passed in parliament.


Dr Jimmy said powers and discretion under SOPE will expire on 24th of March as such supporting the Bill is important to maintain efforts against COVID-19.