Bill Watch Parliamentary Committees Series 16-2015

BILL WATCH

PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES SERIES 16/2015

[11th May 2015]

Committee Meetings Open to the Public 12th and 14th May

Open meetings scheduled for the rest of this week are as indicated below.

These details are based on the latest information from Parliament.  But, as there are sometimes last-minute changes to the meetings schedule, persons wishing to attend should avoid disappointment by checking with the relevant committee clerk [see below] that the meeting is still on and open to the public.  Parliament’s telephone numbers are Harare 700181 and 252940/1.

Members of the public may attend these open meetings, but as observers only, not as participants, i.e. they may observe and listen but not speak.  The meetings are at Parliament in Harare.  If attending, please use the entrance on Kwame Nkrumah Ave between 2nd and 3rd Streets.  Please note that IDs must be produced.

Tuesday 12th May at 9 am

Portfolio Committee:  Health and Child Care

Oral evidence from the Zimbabwe Association of Church-Related Hospitals

Committee Room No. 1

Chairperson: Hon Dr Labode                  Clerk: Mrs Mafuruse

Tuesday 12th May at 10 am

Thematic Committee:  MDGs

Oral evidence from  the Zimbabwe National Farmers Union on its programme to boost production of maize, and food security

Government Caucus Room

Chairperson: Hon Chief Mtshane           Clerk:

Portfolio Committee: Foreign Affairs

Oral evidence from  the Permanent Secretary of Finance and Economic Development, Mr W Manungo, on Government Budgetary Support to Diplomatic Missions

Committee Room No. 3

Chairperson: Hon Midzi                           Clerk: Mr Manhivi

Portfolio Committee:  Local Government, Rural and Urban Development

Oral evidence from Muzarabani Rural District Council on service delivery

National Assembly chamber

Chairperson: Hon Zindi                           Clerk: Ms Macheza

Wednesday 13th May

No meetings

Thursday 14th May at 9.30 am

Portfolio Committee: Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment

Oral evidence from the Minister of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment on progress made on the implementation of the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act

Senate Chamber

Chairperson: Hon Wadyajena                Clerk: Ms Zenda

Thursday 14th May at 10 am

Portfolio Committee:  Media, Information and Broadcasting Services

Oral evidence from the Minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services on the ZBC Forensic Audit, IMPI outcomes and an update on the digitalisation programme.

Committee Room No. 311

Chairperson: Hon Hon Dhewa               Clerk: Mr Chiremba

Other Committee News

New Committee Report

The Role, Management and Impact of Housing Cooperatives on the Delivery of National Housing in Zimbabwe

[Portfolio Committee on Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development]

Hon Mangami, chairperson of the portfolio committee, moved that the National Assembly take note of this report [full text available from Veritas at the addresses given at the end of this bulletin].  The 8-page report’s 12 recommendations highlight the need to amend the Cooperative Societies Act before the end of this year to address new challenges that have emerged and to strengthen the Act’s enforcement provisions; the Ministry’s lack of resources to effectively carry out its mandate, particularly in regard to housing cooperatives; and best practices from other countries such as Kenya and Sweden, where tribunals have been established to manage cooperatives.  Its conclusion is as follows: “The Committee appreciates the important role being played by housing cooperatives in the provision of shelter, especially for low income earners.  However, some of these housing cooperatives have been infiltrated by selfish and greedy people bent on siphoning desperate home seekers of their hard-earned money.  Some of these victims are poor and vulnerable members of our society, such as widows and the disabled.  The Committee would like to implore the Government to come up with measures aimed at protecting and promoting the human rights and economic interest of members of housing cooperatives.”

Committee Reports being Prepared

Reports on the Zimbabwe Gender Commission Bill

The Portfolio Committee on Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development is scheduled to consider and adopt its report on the Bill this week.  This follows the joint public hearings on the Bill held by the committee and the Thematic Committee on Gender and DevelopmentOnce complete the report will be orally presented to the National Assembly by the chairperson when the Second Reading stage of the Bill proceeds.

The Thematic Committee on Gender and Development is also working on its report on the Bill for presentation to the Senate.

ZEC’S Preparedness to Conduct By-elections

The Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs is due to finalise its report on this subject this week.  Polling in the current crop of by-elections will be taking place in:

- one constituency [Wedza North] on Friday 15th May, i.e., Friday this week

- sixteen constituencies on Wednesday 10th June [for full list of constituencies see Bill Watch 12/2015 of 20th April]

- one constituency [Mudzi West] on Friday 24th July [date announced last week in SI 57/2015] [SI available from Veritas from the addresses given at the end of this bulletin].

 

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