In Zimbabwe, legislation consists of Acts of Parliament and subsidiary legislation
Acts of Parliament
According to section 89 of the Constitution, the law that is applicable in Zimbabwe is the Roman Dutch Law and African Customary Law, as modified by subsequent legislation. Thus in the hierarchy of the various law systems applicable in Zimbabwe, legislation is, after the Constitution, the most important form of law in Zimbabwe.
Section 51(4) and (5) of the Constitution provides that all laws made by Parliament shall be styled Acts and that an Act of Parliament shall come into operation on the day of its publication in the gazette or on such other day as may be specified in or under that or some other Act.
The term legislation can be used interchangeably with Act or enactment to refer to the law passed by Parliament as distinguished from the Roman Dutch Common Law, Customary Law and International Law.These terms mean exactly the same thing. The term statute is also frequently used although strictly speaking a statute is the physical document embodying legislation