Bill Watch – Parliamentary Committees 11/2014 of 7th March



[7th March 2014]

Committee Meetings Open to the Public 10th to 13th March

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

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 10th March at 10 am

Portfolio Committee: Defence and Home Affairs

Oral evidence from the Registrar General’s officials on the department’s programmes and activities

Committee Room No 2

Chairperson:  Hon C. Sibanda                  Clerk: Mr Daniel

Portfolio Committee: Environment, Water, Tourism and Hospitality Industry

1.  Oral evidence from Parks and Wildlife Management Authority of Zimbabwe on rhino poaching

2,  Oral evidence from the Forestry Commission on carbon trading schemes

Government Caucus room

Chairperson: Hon A. Ndhlovu                   Clerk: Mr Mazani

Portfolio Committee: Mines and Energy

Oral evidence on the overview of the gold sector from Environmental Management Agency [EMA], Zimbabwe Local Government Association [ZILGA] and Fidelity Printers and Refiners

Senate Chamber

Chairperson: Hon Matuke                         Clerk: Mrs Mataruka

Monday 10th March at 2 pm

Thematic Committee: Gender and Development

Oral evidence from the Zimbabwe Council of Churches on their activities and programmes in combating domestic violence and rape cases in churches.

Committee Room No 3

Chairperson: Hon W.Sibanda                   Clerk: Mr Chiremba

Portfolio Committee: Finance and Economic Development

Submissions from Bankers Association of Zimbabwe [BAZ], Chamber of Zimbabwe Industries [CZI], Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce [ZNCC] and Chamber of Mines the 2014 Monetary Policy Statement

Committee Room No 4

Chairperson: Hon Chapfika                       Clerk: Mr Ratsakatika

Tuesday 11th March at 10 am

Thematic Committee: MDGs

Oral evidence from the Environmental Management Authority [EMA] on the strategies put in place to achieve MDG Number 7

[Millennium Development Goal No 7 is: Ensure Environmental Sustainability]

Government Caucus room

Chairperson: Hon Chief Mtshane            Clerk: Mrs Hazvina

Portfolio Committee: Foreign Affairs

Enquiry into regional integration initiatives and current trade arrangements

Committee Room No 3

Chairperson: Hon Hon Porusingazi         Clerk: Mr Manhivi

Portfolio Committee: Lands, Agriculture Mechanisation and Irrigation

Oral evidence from the Ministry of Agriculture ,Mechanization and Irrigation Development on government policy regarding the strategies, operations, and financing of Grain Marketing Board

Senate Chamber

Chairperson: Hon Butau                           Clerk: Mr Chiremba

Portfolio Committee: Local Government, Public Works and National Housing

Continuation of oral evidence from the Town Clerk of Harare City Council on the provision of adequate picking and offloading zones and public amenities for commuter omnibuses

National Assembly Chamber

Chairperson: Hon Zindi                             Clerk: Ms Macheza

Portfolio Committee: Industry and Commerce

Oral evidence from Zimbabwe Textiles Manufacturers Association and Zimbabwe Clothing Manufacturers Association on their operations and challenges

Committee Room No 311

Chairperson: Hon Kaukonde                   Clerk: Ms Masara

Wednesday 12th March

No open meetings

Thursday 13th March at 9.30 am

Portfolio Committee: Youth, Indigenization and Economic Empowerment

Oral evidence from CABS and IDBZ on the disbursement of Youth Development Funds

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 for fact-finding visits or for closed meetings to which the public will not be admitted.  For example:

  • ·        the Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs will again 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 Thematic Committee on Human Rights will be considering what questions should be posed to the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs about the justice delivery system in Zimbabwe when he appears before the committee.

·        the Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care will be paying a fact-finding visit to Harare Central Hospital.

  • ·        The Thematic Committee on Peace and Security will be considering an itinerary for a fact-finding visit to Tokwe-Mukosi.


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