PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES SERIES 25/2019
[28th June 2019]
Open Committee Meetings Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd July
Although the National Assembly will be on a short break for the first two weeks of July, the three portfolio committees mentioned below will be meeting this coming week in order to fulfil prior commitments. These committee meetings will be held at Parliament in Harare from Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd July, and will be open to the public.
Members of the public may attend the meetings – but as observers only, not as participants, i.e. they may observe and listen but not speak. If attending, please use the entrance to Parliament on Kwame Nkrumah Ave between 2nd and 3rd Streets. Please note that IDs must be produced.
The details given in this bulletin 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 that the meeting concerned is still on and open to the public. Parliament’s telephone numbers are Harare 2700181 and 2252940/1.
Reminder: Members of the public, including Zimbabweans in the Diaspora, can at any time send written submissions to Parliamentary committees by email addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by letter posted to the Clerk of Parliament, P.O. Box 298, Causeway, Harare or delivered at Parliament’s Kwame Nkrumah Avenue entrance in Harare.
Monday 1st at 10.00 am
Portfolio Committee: Budget, Finance and Economic Development
Oral evidence from the Minister of Finance and Economic Development on Statutory Instrument 142 of 2019.
Venue: Senate Chamber
Note by Veritas: Statutory Instrument [SI] 142 of 2019 is available on the Veritas website [link], as is Bill Watch 32 commenting on it [link]. The SI contains the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (Legal Tender) Regulations, 2019, made by the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, and gazetted on 24th June 2019. The regulations lay down in section 2 that with effect from 24th June “the British pound, United States dollar, South African rand, Botswana pula and any other foreign currency whatsoever shall no longer be legal tender alongside the Zimbabwe dollar in any transactions in Zimbabwe” and that “the Zimbabwe dollar shall … be the sole legal tender in Zimbabwe in all transactions”. Both statements are subject to the savings provisions of section 3 of the regulations referring to Nostro FCA accounts; payments that must be made in foreign currency of certain customs duties under the Customs and Excise Act and import tax or VAT under the Value Added Tax Act; and payments in foreign currency for international airline services. There are also declarations “for the avoidance of doubt” that references to the “Zimbabwe dollar are coterminous” with references to bond notes and coins and the RTGS dollar, and that bond notes and coins and RTGS dollars are “at par with the Zimbabwe dollar”.
Tuesday 2nd July at 10 am
Portfolio Committee: Lands, Agriculture, Climate, Water and Rural Resettlement
Oral evidence from the Manicaland Provincial Lands Committee on the land dispute between Mr Rememberance Mbudzana and Mr Richard Le Vieux.
Venue: Senate Chamber.
Wednesday 3rd July at 10 am
Portfolio Committee: Defence, Home Affairs and Security Services
Oral evidence from the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence and War Veterans on the provisions of the War Veterans Act and pension and general welfare benefits of war veterans.
Venue: Committee Room No. 311.