Bill Watch – Parliamentary Committees 10/2014 of 2nd March



[2nd March 2014]

Committee Meetings Open to the Public 3rd to 7th March

The Parliamentary committee meetings listed below will be open to the public this week.

Members of the public may attend these meeting, but as observers only, not as participants, i.e. they may listen but not speak.  All meetings are 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.

The following 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 committee clerk [see names 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, including Zimbabweans in the Diaspora, can at any time send written submissions to Parliamentary committees by email addressed to

Monday 3rd March at 10 am

Portfolio Committee: Transport and  Infrastructure Development

Oral evidence from CMED on the operations of its SBU’s procurement and distribution of equipment

Committee Room No 1

Chairperson:  Hon Midzi                            Clerk: Ms Macheza

Monday 3rd March at 2 pm

Thematic Committee: Gender and Development

Oral evidence from the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation & Irrigation Development on the Government’s policy regarding distribution of agricultural inputs and mechanisation equipment

Committee Room No 3

Chairperson: Hon W.Sibanda                   Clerk: Mr Chiremba

Portfolio Committee: Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare

Oral evidence from the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare on the administration of BEAM and challenges faced

Committee Room No 1

Chairperson: Hon Chikwama                    Clerk: Ms Masara

Portfolio Committee: Finance and Economic Development

Review of the 2014 Monetary Policy Statement

Committee Room No 4

Chairperson: Hon Chapfika                       Clerk: Mr Ratsakatika

Tuesday 4th March at 10 am

Portfolio Committee: Foreign Affairs

Consideration of the African Union Observer Mission report on 2013 Zimbabwe harmonised elections [soft copy of report available from the addresses at the end of this bulletin from 1300 hrs Monday 3rd March]

Committee Room No 3

Chairperson: Hon Hon Porusingazi          Clerk: Mr Manhivi

Portfolio Committee: Local Government, Public Works and National Housing

Oral evidence from the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing on operational challenges faced by ZUPCO

Committee Room No 413

Chairperson: Hon Zindi                              Clerk: Ms Macheza

Wednesday 5th March

No open meetings

Thursday 6th March at 9 am

Thematic Committee: Peace and Security

Oral evidence from the Ministry of Local Government. Rural and Urban Development on floods recently experienced in the country

Committee Room No. 2

Chairperson: Hon Mumvuri                       Clerk: Mr Kunzwa

Thursday 6th March at 10 am

Thematic Committee: Indigenisation and Empowerment

Unpacking the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act by the Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment [soft copy of Act available from addresses at the end of this bulletin]

Committee Room No 1

Chairperson: Hon Chizema                       Clerk: Mr Ratsakatika

Portfolio Committee:  Education, Sport, Arts and Culture

Oral evidence from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education on the examination results and BEAM funding

Committee Room No. 4

Chairperson: Hon Mliswa                          Clerk: Mr Munjenge

Friday 7th March at 9.30 am

Portfolio Committee: Youth, Indigenization and Economic Empowerment

Oral evidence from mining companies in Manicaland on their level of compliance with the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment laws [Marange Resources, Mbada Diamonds, Diamond Mining Company, Anjin and Jinan]

Senate Chamber

Chairperson: Hon Wadyajena                   Clerk: Ms Zenda

What Other Committees Will be Doing

All the other committees are also scheduled to meet this week, but in closed meetings to which the public will not be admitted.  For example:

  • ·        the Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs will be considering the itinerary for its public hearings on the Electoral Amendment Bill and the National Prosecuting Authority Bill [soft copies of both Bills available from the addresses at the end of this bulletin].
  • ·        the Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care will be deliberating on the evidence it received from Ptremiser Service Medical Aid Society [PSMAS] at last week’s meeting
  • ·        the Thematic Committee on Human Rights will be considering the President of the Senate’s response to its appeal to be allowed to carry out its oversight mandate on the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission.


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