Bill Watch

BILL WATCH 35/2012

[24th July 2012]

Updated Details of Vacant Parliamentary Constituencies

There has been considerable confusion recently about the number of Parliamentary vacancies due for by-elections, with discrepancies between figures mentioned by Minister Chinamasa in the Senate and picked up by the media, and those given in Veritas bulletins.  This bulletin will hopefully clear up the confusion. 

BILL WATCH 34/2012

[23rd July 2012]

Both Houses of Parliament will continue sitting on Tuesday 24th July

Ceremonial opening of Fifth Session of Parliament Postponed

BILL WATCH 33/2012

[22nd July 2012]

Both Houses of Parliament will continue sitting on Tuesday 24th July

In Parliament Last Week

Key Bills Passed – Awaiting President’s Signature

Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission Bill

BILL WATCH 32/2012

[14th July 2012]

Both Houses of Parliament will Sit AgainThis  Week

Finance Minister’s Mid-Term Fiscal Policy Review on Wednesday 18th July

Three Parliamentary By-Elections Ordered by Supreme Court

BILL WATCH 31/2012

11th July 2012]

Mid-Term Fiscal Policy Review Postponed to Next Week

Finance Minister Tendai Biti has postponed this to Wednesday 18th July.

Progress Made on Major Reform Bills in House of Assembly

The Human Rights Commission Bill with amendments is now through its Committee Stage

BILL WATCH 30/2012

[9th July 2012]

Both Houses of Parliament resume sittings on Tuesday 10th July

Last Few Sittings of this Session

Parliament’s sitting calendar was extended to put in extra July sittings this week and next week to accommodate:

BILL WATCH 29/2012

[2nd July 2012]

Indigenisation Rules for Finance and Education Sectors and 7 Other Sectors

General Notice 280/2012

[available from veritas@mango.zw]

BILL WATCH 28/2012

[29th June 2012]

Both Houses of Parliament sat last week before adjourning until Tuesday 10th July

Extra July Sittings for Parliament

The Parliamentary sitting calendar has been modified to cater for extra sittings next month to deal with urgent business.  Both Houses will sit from 10th to 12th July and again in the following week.  Urgent agenda items include:

BILL WATCH 27/2012

[18th June 2012]

Both Houses of Parliament will meet again on Tuesday 19th June

The Parliamentary agenda for this week includes motions to approve two important international agreements.

Palermo Protocol

United Nations Protocol  to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children

BILL WATCH 26/2012

[18th June 2012]

Both Houses of Parliament will meet again on Tuesday 19th June

In Parliament Last Week

BILL WATCH 25/2012

[11th June 2012]

Both Houses of Parliament will meet on Tuesday 12th June

President has Not Repealed Unconstitutional SIs

[including SI on New Mining Fees]

BILL WATCH 24/2012

[5th June 2012]

The House of Assembly is meeting today, Tuesday 5th June

The Senate remains adjourned until Tuesday 12th June

Outcome of SADC Summit Luanda, 1st June: Work for Parliament

The 1st June Luanda SADC Summit communiqué said:

BILL WATCH 23/2012

[31st May 2012]

The House of Assembly has adjourned until Tuesday 5th June

The Senate has adjourned until Tuesday 12th June

Election Roadmap and Timeframe Outlined in Parliament’s Last Sitting

BILL WATCH 22/2012

[23nd May 2012]

The House of Assembly has adjourned until Tuesday 5th June

The Senate has adjourned until Tuesday 12th June

Private Member’s Bills

Speaker’s Sub Judice Decision

Private Member’s Bill to amend Urban Councils Act suspended pending Supreme Court decision

BILL WATCH 21/2012

[15th May 2012]

Supreme Court Case to Stop Private Member's Bill

Part II

Weakness of Case

BILL WATCH 20/2012

[15th May 2012]

Supreme Court Case to Stop Private Member's Bill

This case, brought by the Minister of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development to stop Parliament debating the Urban Councils Amendment Bill, raises complex issues  and will be covered in two Bill Watches:

Part I    The Case:– Background; Minister’s Arguments; Grounds for Rejecting the Minister’s Arguments

BILL WATCH 19/2012

[14th May 2012]

Both the House of Assembly and the Senate will resume on Tuesday 15th May

This resumption of sittings by both Houses of Parliament comes after a lengthy break that began at the end of March when the Houses adjourned for the Easter school holiday recess. 

BILL WATCH 18/2012

[12th May 2012]

Both Houses of Parliament are adjourned until Tuesday 15th May

Parliamentary Sitting Calendars for 2012

BILL WATCH 17/2012

[29th April 2012]

Both Houses of Parliament are adjourned until Tuesday 15th May

Meetings of Portfolio and Thematic Committees are suspended until 7th May

Note: The parliamentary committee that met last week was not a regular committee, but an ad hoc Committee on Privileges specially appointed to consider a contempt of Parliament charge [see Bill Watch – Parliamentary Committees Series of 23rd April] 

BILL WATCH 16/2012

[5th April 2012]

The Prime Minister has released a statement rejecting a public notice by the Minister of Youth Empowerment, Indigenisation and Empowerment to “non-compliant” mining companies

The Minister’s Public Notice

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