Parliamentary Committees Series 37-2020 -Public Hearings Next Week on 2021 National Budget

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PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES SERIES 37/2020

[8th October 2020]

Public Hearings Monday 12th to Friday 16th October

2021 NATIONAL BUDGET CONSULTATIONS

Parliament has published the following self-explanatory notice in the press.  Veritas reproduces it as a public service.  Please also see our note at the end of this bulletin on the purpose of the public consultations.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

2021 NATIONAL BUDGET CONSULTATIONS

The Portfolio Committee on Budget, Finance and Economic Development and members of the Expanded Sustainable Development Goals Committee will hold public hearings on the 2021 National Budget Consultations from the 12th to the 16th of October 2020. The teams will cover various places in Zimbabwe as follows:

Team A

Date

Place

Venue

Time

12 October

Mvurwi

Mvurwi Park

1030-1230 hrs

13 October

Chiweshe

Nzvimbo

1030-1230 hrs

14 October

Mt Darwin

Mt Darwin Sports Club

1030-1230 hrs

15 October

Mahusekwa

Marondera Rural District Council

1030-1230 hrs

15 October

St Marys

St Marys’ Hall

1430-1730 hrs

16 October

Mutoko

Nyamakwere Lodge

1030-1230 hrs

Team B

Date

Place

Venue

Time

12 October

Harare

Ambassador Hotel

1030-1230 hrs

12 October

Norton

Pakare Paye Arts Centre

1430-1730 hrs

13 October

Hurungwe

Karoi Junior School

1030-1230 hrs

14 October

Gokwe

Gokwe Business Centre

1030-1230 hrs

15 October

Mberengwa

Mberengwa Education Centre

1030-1230 hrs

16 October

Shurugwi

Chachacha - LID Agency Training Centre

1030-1230 hrs

Team C

Date

Place

Venue

Time

12 October

Bulawayo

Selbourne Hotel

1030-1230 hrs

13 October

Hwange

Hwange Colliery Club

1030-1230 hrs

14 October

Inyathi

Tatazela Hall

1030-1230 hrs

15 October

Plumtree

Plumtree TMB Hall

1030-1230 hrs

16 October

Colleen Bawn

Colleen Bawn Community Hall

1030-1230 hrs

Team D

Date

Place

Venue

Time

12 October

Chimanimani

Nedziwa - UMC

1030-1230 hrs

13 October

Buhera

Murambinda- B.S.P.Z.

1030-1230 hrs

14 October

Zimunya

Chiefs Hall, 22 Miles

1030-1230 hrs

15 October

Chiredzi

Chitsinga Hall

1030-1230 hrs

16 October

Mwenezi

Neshuro Council Board Room

1030-1230 hrs

16 October

Chivi

Chivi RDC

1430-1730 hrs

Virtual Hearings

Date

Radio Station/ Venue

Time

13 October

Diamond FM

1900-2000 hrs

14 October

Power FM

1900-2000 hrs

15 October

Khulumani FM

1900-2000 hrs

15 October

Hevoi FM

1900-2000 hrs

 

 

ALL THOSE WHO WILL BE PUTTING ON MILITARY UNIFORMS, SIGNS OF RANKS, FLAGS OR BADGES AND POLITICAL PARTY REGALIA WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE PUBLIC HEARING.

The public hearings will at all times comply with the Ministry of Health and Child Care COVID 19 Regulations as outlined in Statutory Instruments 99 and 110 regarding the observing of social distancing, sanitization, temperature screening and wearing of facial masks.

a)  Only 100 participants will be allowed at any one time,

b)  Where more than 100 participants want to attend, they will only be allowed in groups that comply with the requirements,

c)  All participants must be wearing facial masks,

d)  Appropriate social distancing will be observed.

ALL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE URGED TO OBSERVE THESE REQUIREMENTS WHICH WILL BE MONITORED BY THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND CHILD WELFARE TEAMS.

The public, interested groups and organizations are invited to attend these consultations.

Written submissions and correspondences are welcome and should be addressed to:

The Clerk of Parliament

Attention: Portfolio Committee on Budget, Finance and Economic Development

P.O. Box CY 298

Causeway

Harare

Submissions can also be made by email through email addresses:

clerk@parlzim.gov.zw and matarukac@parlzim.gov.zw

Telephone: (04) 700181-8, 252936-49

Chiwoniso Mataruka (Principal Committee Clerk) Ext. 2062

Sibonisiwe Dube-Nkala (Public Relations Officer) Ext. 2316

Fax: (04)252935

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Veritas Note on the Purpose of the Public Hearings

The Portfolio Committee on Budget, Finance and Economic Development, as its name indicates, oversees the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and its handling of Budget matters.  The Committee on Sustainable Development Goals is concerned with the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs] by 2030, which involves assessing how the Government’s financial resources should be allocated to ensure that the targets set by the SDGs are achieved.

Parliament is bound by the Constitution to consult the public on its Budget processes.  The public hearings are intended to provide an opportunity for members of the public to engage with MPs constituting the teams and to explain what they think the 2021 National Budget should – or should not – contain and why.  For instance, citizens may wish to make known to MPs their views on such matters as the income tax threshold, the income tax bands, VAT, the intermediated money transfer tax, customs and excise duties, allocation of funds to Ministries and priority areas for funding, and the measures Government should apply to reduce inflation, price increases, fuel and power shortages, etc.

The information that team members gather at the public hearings will enable them, not only to prepare a report for presentation to the National Assembly when the 2021 National Budget is eventually presented to Parliament, but to present the Zimbabwean public’s views on to other MPs during the other preliminary Parliamentary processes that precede the Budget presentation by the Minister.  These processes include the pre-Budget Seminar.  The hearings should, therefore, ensure that the views expressed at the public hearings by members of the public come to the attention of all MPs.

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