Bill Watch Parliamentary Committees Series 20-2015



[13th June 2015]

Committee Meetings Open to the Public: 15th to 18th June

Open meetings scheduled for 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 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.

Monday 15th June at 10 am

Portfolio Committee:  Transport and Infrastructure Development

Oral evidence with ZINARA on the construction of the Mutare - Plumtree highway

National Assembly

Chair: Hon Nduna                                    Clerk: Ms Macheza

Portfolio Committee:  Higher Education, Science and Technology

Oral evidence from the Vice-Chancellor of Bindura University on the Marondera University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Bill [soft copy of Bill available from Veritas at the addresses given at the end of this bulletin]

Committee Room No.  3

Chair: Hon Mataruse                                Clerk: Mrs Hazvina

Monday 15th June at 2 pm

Portfolio Committee:  Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs

Oral evidence from Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights on the operations of the Prosecutor-General’s Office

Senate Chamber

Chair: Hon Majome                                  Clerk: Mr Manhivi

Tuesday 16th June – No Open Meetings

Wednesday 17th June at 9.30 am

Portfolio Committee: Health and Child Care

Oral evidence from the Minister of Health and Child Care on:

- the measures that the Ministry put in place to ensure that the Targeted Approach Programme funds were used for the intended purpose

- the alleged abuse of funds by the Permanent Secretary for Health and Child Care and other high-ranking officials in the Ministry

Committee Room No.  1

Chair: Hon Labode                                   Clerk: Mrs Mafuruse

Thursday 18th June at 10.00 am

Thematic Committee: Indigenisation and Empowerment

Oral evidence from the Minister of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment on progress made towards the launch of the Mudzi and Mutoko Community Share Ownership Trusts

Government Caucus Room

Chair: Hon Chizema                                 Clerk: Mrs Mafuruse

Thursday 18th June at 11.00 am

Portfolio Committee: Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment

Oral evidence from Brain Works Capital

Senate Chamber

Chair: Hon Wadyajena                            Clerk: Mr Mazani

Other Meetings and Activities

Public hearings by Portfolio Committee on Finance and Economic Development

Starting on Monday, two teams from this committee will conduct public hearings around the country on two Bills sent to Parliament by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development: (1) Joint Ventures Bill and (2) Public Debt Management Bill [soft copies of both Bills are available from Veritas from the addresses given at the end of this bulletin].  Details of the programme will be notified in a separate bulletin.

Meetings closed to the public

This part of the bulletin explains what the other committees will be doing during the week, and what committee reports are in the pipeline for eventual presentation to the Senate or the National Assembly, as appropriate, when completed.

Thematic Committee on Human Rights  The committee will be deliberating on the findings gathered from its tour of Chhikurubi Maximum Prison and Harare Central Prison.

Portfolio Committee on Defence, Home Affairs and Security Services  The committee will have a field tour to land mine zones.

Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy  The committee will be considering questions to be put to the State Procurement Board and the Institute of Engineers at a later meeting.

Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare  The committee will be deliberating on its fact-finding visits to schools in Harare.

Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs  The committee will be receiving a courtesy call from the Ambassador of Palestine.

Portfolio Committee on Media, Information and Broadcasting Services  The committee will be deliberating on the oral evidence received recently from the Minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services on IMPI, the ZBC Forensic Audit Report, community radios and digitalisation.

Portfolio Committee on Education, Sport, Arts and Culture  The committee will be deliberating on the oral evidence on curriculum development received from the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education.


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