Bill Watch Parliamentary Committees Series 34-2015



[5th October 2015]

Open Parliamentary Committee Meetings This Week

There are only two open committee meetings due at Parliament this week.  Both are on Thursday morning.  Details are given 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.

Thursday 8th October at 10 am

Thematic Committee: Indigenisation and Empowerment

Oral evidence from  the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture Mechanisation and Irrigation Development on the state of preparedness for the 2015/2016 farming season

Government Caucus Room

Chairperson: Hon Chizema

Clerk: Mrs Mafuruse 

Portfolio Committee:  Media, Information and Broadcasting Services

Oral evidence from  Transmedia on progress on the Digitalisation Programme

Committee Room No.  311

Chairperson: Hon Dehwa

Clerk: Mr Chiremba

What Other Committees Will be Doing

Most other committees will be holding their inaugural meetings in closed session and formulating or considering workplans. 

The exceptions are:

Portfolio Committee:  Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs

This committee will meet in closed session to consider and adopt its Report on the Criminal Procedural and Evidence Amendment Bill and the General Laws Amendment Bill, for presentation to the National Assembly.  The committee’s meeting is on Monday afternoon, and the report is expected to be presented on Tuesday afternoon.  Vice-President Mnangagwa, who is responsible for both Bills, emphasised in the National Assembly last week how impatient he is to see progress on both these Bills.

Portfolio Committee:  Budget, Finance and Economic Planning

As already notified in detail in Veritas Bill Watch Committees Series 33/2015 dated 2nd October this committee will be spending the entire week conducting public consultations on the 2016 National Budget at various venues all around the country.

Portfolio Committee:  Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare

On Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th October, this committee will be paying fact-finding visits to company premises in Hwange and Dete to assess the conditions of service for workers: 


Hwange Colliery Company, Hwange – 10 am to 4 pm


National Railways of Zimbabwe, Dete Station – 8 am to 12.30 pm

Dete Refractories, Dete – 2 pm to 5 pm.

The committee has a new chairperson, Hon Goodluck Kwaramba.  She replaces Hon Berita Chikwama, recently appointed as Deputy Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement


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