Bill Watch Parliamentary Committees Series 05-2013



[23rd February 2013]

Reminder: Members of the public, including Zimbabweans in the Diaspora, can at any time send written submissions to Parliamentary committees by email addressed to

Committee Meetings Open to the Public 25th February to 1st March

The meetings listed below will be open to members of the public, but as observers only, not as participants, i.e. members of the public can listen but not speak.  They will be at Parliament in Harare.  If attending, please use the entrance on Kwame Nkrumah Ave between 2nd and 3rd Streets and note that IDs must be produced.

This bulletin is based on the latest information from Parliament.  But, as there are sometimes last-minute changes to the schedule, persons wishing to attend should avoid disappointment by checking with the committee clerk that the meeting is still on and open to the public.  Parliament’s telephone numbers are Harare 700181 and 252941.

Monday 25th February at 10 am

Portfolio Committee: Defence and Home Affairs

Oral evidence from ZRP Commissioner on preparedness for elections and referendum

Committee Room No 2

Chairperson: Hon Madzore                     Clerk: Mr Daniel

Portfolio Committee: Mines and Energy

Oral evidence from the Ministry of Energy and Power Development on progress on installation of pre-paid meters, demand-side management programme, restructuring programme at ZESA Holdings, and coal grants for the Zimbabwe Power Company.

Senate Chamber

Chairperson: Hon Chindori-Chininga     Clerk: Mr Manhivi

Monday 25th February at 2 pm

Portfolio Committee: Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare

1.  Oral evidence from the National Employment Council for Willowvale Motor Vehicle Industry on the operations of the National Employment Council for the Motor Vehicle Manufacturing and Allied Industries of Zimbabwe and the challenges faced by employees in the sector

2. Oral evidence from the Zimbabwe Energy Workers Union and Zimbabwe Electricity Technical Distribution Company [ZETDC ] on the working conditions of workers at ZETDC.

Committee Room No 1

Chairperson: Hon Zinyemba                   Clerk: Ms Mushunje

Portfolio Committee: Public Works and National Housing

Oral evidence from Ministry of Public Works on its construction projects nationwide

Committee Room No 311

Chairperson: Hon Mupukuta                   Clerk: Mr Mazani

Portfolio Committee: Justice, Legal Affairs, Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs

Oral evidence from Women in Law in Southern Africa on inheritance laws

Committee Room No 413

Chairperson: Hon Mwonzora                  Clerk: Miss Zenda

Tuesday 26th February at 10 am

Portfolio Committee: Industry and Commerce

Oral briefing from Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Company’s board of directors on the operations of ZITF and the benefits accruing to the local economy

Committee Room No 311

Chairperson: Hon Mutomba                    Clerk: Miss Masara

Portfolio Committee: State Enterprise and Parastatals

Oral briefing from ZESA on current developments in its operations and service delivery to the nation

Committee Room No 2

Chairperson: Hon Mavima                      Clerk: Ms Chikuvire

Portfolio Committee: Local Government, Rural and Urban Development

Oral evidence from Ministry of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development on 4th Quarter budget performance

Committee Room No 413

Chairperson: Hon Karenyi                       Clerk: Mr Daniel

Wednesday 27th February

No open meetings

Thursday 28th February at 11 am

Thematic Committee: Indigenisation and Empowerment

Oral evidence from the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development on programmes designed to promote the participation of indigenous people in the mining sector

Committee Room No 311

Chairperson: Hon Mtingwende               Clerk: Mr Ratsakatika

Friday lst March

Public Accounts Committee

Oral evidence from Ministry of Regional Integration and International Trade on 2009 and 2010 Comptroller and Auditor-General Annual Reports

Committee Room No 4

Chairperson: Hon Chinyadza                 Clerk: Mrs Nyawo

Other Committee Activity this Coming Week

Committees not holding open meetings will not be idle.  The Portfolio Committee on Media, Information and Communication Technology will make a familiarisation visit to the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.  The Portfolio Committee on Budget, Finance, Economic Planning and Investment Promotion will hear a presentation analysing the Income Tax Bill in closed session, and the Portfolio Committee on Small and Medium Enterprises will be considering the Microfinance Bill, also in closed session.  Other committees will meet in closed session to deliberate on evidence previously received or consider draft reports.  

Committee Report on Soccer Administration and Asiagate Scandal

[available from]

The chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Education, Sport and Culture presented this report to the House of Assembly on 19th February, and MPs spent much of the afternoon debating its findings and recommendations.  The recommendations include:

  • financial support for Zimbabwe soccer from Government and the corporate world
  • immediate exposure of match fixing whenever it occurs
  • investigation of everyone involved in the Asiagate match-fixing scandal, followed by due process
  • revisiting of ZIFA constitution to ensure it is line with FIFA rules
  • adherence to the ZIFA constitution.


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