PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES SERIES 15/2021
[25th April 2021]
Committee Meetings Open to Public Attendance
on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 27th to 29th April
This bulletin notifies the only committee meetings open to public attendance this week at Parliament. Also outlined is what some other committees will be doing in closed meetings. Feedback meetings on the 2021 National Budget have already been notified in Committee Series 14/2021 [link] sent out earlier today; these meetings are to be conducted jointly by the Portfolio Committee on Budget, Finance and Economic Development and the expanded Thematic Committee on Sustainable Development Goals.
Members of the public interested in virtual attendance at the meetings as observers are welcome to access the meetings via Parliament’s social media pages – https://www.facebook.com/parliamentofzim/ and https://twitter.com/parliamentzim.
At physical and hybrid meetings COVID-19 protocols will be strictly applied for those attending physically – masks, social distancing, numbers present, etc. For those members of the public wishing to attend physically, we suggest phoning Parliament’s Public Relations Department to check whether attendance will be feasible.
Tuesday 27th April at 9.00 am
Portfolio Committee: Health and Child Care
Oral evidence from the:
(1) Health Professions Authority of Zimbabwe; and
(2) Zimbabwe Medical Association;
on the petition from the Retail Pharmacists’ Association on the proposal to consider appointment of members of health professions, other than medical doctors, to administrative posts.
Venue: National Assembly chamber
Wednesday 28th April at 10.00 am
Portfolio Committee: Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development
Oral evidence from:
(1) the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, and
(2) Students Representative Councils
concerning a petition received from Mr Chiriga about fees increases in Tertiary Education Institutions.
Venue: Senate Chamber
Thursday 29th April at 10 am
Portfolio Committee: Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation
Oral evidence from the Ministers of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation and Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs concerning a Petition from Gwanda Community Youth Development Trust on the need to ensure youth representation at all levels of Government
Venue: Government Caucus Room
Portfolio Committee: Defence, Home Affairs and Security Services
Oral evidence from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage on policy decisions in dealing with the backlog in the provision of primary identity documents necessitated by lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Venue: Senate chamber [Hybrid of physical and virtual meeting]
Other Committee Activities This Week
Other parliamentary committees will not be idle this week, as shown by these examples of other activities:
Fact-finding visits to Fertiliser Manufacturing Companies Government contracted several fertiliser manufacturing companies to supply the Command Agriculture inputs for the 2020-2021 season – ZFC (Pvt) Ltd, Windmill (Pvt) Ltd, Sable Chemicals and FSG Bindura. Over the period Tuesday 27th April to Thursday 29th April the Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement will pay fact-finding visits to all these companies for meetings with management and tours of their fertiliser production plants.
Familiarisation visits to Zimbabwe Investment and Development Agency and ZIMTRADE premises On 27th April the Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade will be visiting the premises of these organisations in Harare.
Deliberations and compilation of reports [closed sessions]
The Public Accounts Committee will be compiling its report on the analysis of the Audited Accounts of the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement for the years 2017 and 2018.
The Portfolio Committee on Mines and Mining Development will be considering submissions from the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development on Exclusive Prospecting Orders [EPOs] and deliberating on the petition from Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association [ZELA] on machete-gang related violence.
The Thematic Committee on Human Rights will be deliberating on the outcomes of the workshop on International Human Rights Committees.
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 to Parliament’s Kwame Nkrumah Avenue entrance in Harare.