Bill Watch Parliamentary Committees Series 12-2016



[9th April 2016]

Parliamentary Committee Meetings: 11th to 14th April

The Week’s Open Meetings

Portfolio Committee meetings in Harare open to the public are listed below. 

Information for members of the public wishing to attend

Members of the public may attend 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.

The details given below 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 committee clerk [see names below] that the meeting concerned is still on and open to the public.  Parliament’s telephone numbers are Harare 700181 and 252940/1.

Monday 11th April [Morning]

No open meetings

Monday 11th April at 2 pm

Portfolio Committee:  Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services

Oral evidence from Hon Mandiwanzira, Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services, on the acquisition of Telecel by the Government

Venue: National Assembly

Chairperson: Hon Chamisa

Clerk: Mr Munjenge

Tuesday 12th April

No open meetings

Wednesday 13th April

No open meetings

Thursday 14th April at 9.30 am

Portfolio Committee:  Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment

Oral evidence from  the Zimbabwe Diamond Miners Workers Union

Venue: Senate Chamber

Chairperson: Hon Wadyajena

Clerk: Ms Zenda   

Other Committee Activities

Committee activities NOT open to the public include the following—

Consideration of petition

Devolution  The Portfolio Committee on Local Government, Rural and Urban Development will be considering a petition from the Public Policy Research Institute of Zimbabwe.  Receipt of the petition was announced in the National Assembly on 7th April.  The petition beseeches Parliament to ensure that all Government ministries and departments implement Chapter 14 of the Constitution.  [Note:  Chapter 14 of the Constitution deals with Provincial and Local Government, covering such matters as devolution, provincial and metropolitan councils, urban and rural local authorities.  The Government’s failure to implement Chapter 14 has contributed, among other things, to the on-going litigation about the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing’s intervention in the running of Gweru City Council; and to the fact that members of provincial councils elected in 2013 have gone for nearly three years without councils on which to serve the electorate.]      

Visits and familiarisation tours

ZIFA Village  The Portfolio Committee e on Education, Sport, Arts and Culture will have a familiarisation tour of the Zimbabwe Football Association [ZIFA] Village and will be briefed by the ZIFA Board on its programmes.

University of Zimbabwe  The Portfolio Committee on Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology will pay a familiarisation visit to the University.

Public hearings

Please also remember that the week will also see committees holding public hearings around the country to hear the public’s views on the following Bills currently before Parliament: Special Economic Zones Bill; Public Finance Management Amendment Bill; and National Peace and Reconciliation Commission Bill [full details of the public hearings programmes were given in Committee Series bulletins 9, 10 and 11/2016].


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