Open Meetings for Monday 15th to Thursday 18th June
Please note: Parliament has warned that due to current restrictions on gatherings in light of COVID 19, attendance at open committee meetings will be limited.
There will be six open Portfolio Committee meetings during the coming week, as listed below. All the meetings are about current issues of public interest, butVeritas draws special attention to the meetings on two important Bills: the Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill [Monday afternoon 15th June] and the Financial Adjustments Bill [Wednesday morning 17th June]
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. If attending, please use the entrance to Parliament on Kwame Nkrumah Ave between 2nd and 3rd Streets. Please note that IDs must be produced. Masks and social distancing will be required.
The details given in this bulletin 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 that the meeting concerned is still on and open to the public. Parliament’s telephone numbers are Harare 2700181 and 2252940/1.
Reminder: 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 letter posted to the Clerk of Parliament, P.O. Box 298, Causeway, Harare or delivered at Parliament’s Kwame Nkrumah Avenue entrance in Harare.
Monday 15th June at 2 pm
Portfolio Committee: Information Communication Technology and Postal and Courier Services
Unpacking of the Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill by the Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services.
Note: This Bill is available on the Veritas website at this link. Also available is the African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection at this link.
Venue: National Assembly
Tuesday 16th June at 10 am
Portfolio Committee: Public Service and Social Welfare
Oral evidence from the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare on measures being taken to cushion vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Venue: Senate Chamber
Portfolio Committee: Health and Child Care
Oral evidence from the Ministry of Health and Child Care, the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, the Commissioner-General of Police and the Chief Director of the Department of Immigration on the state of Ports of Entry and Quarantine Centres in efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Venue: National Assembly chamber
Wednesday 17th June at 10 am
Public Accounts Committee
Oral evidence from the Secretary for Finance and Economic Development and (2) view of stakeholders on the Financial Adjustments Bill.
Note: TheBill is available on the Veritas website at this link. Also available are Veritas’ critical commentary on the Bill at this link, and an extract from the Public Accounts Committee report that prompted the Bill at this link.
Venue: Committee Room No. 1
Thursday 18th June at 9 am
Portfolio Committee: Women Affairs
Oral evidence from the Civil Service Commission on the prevalence of sexual harassment in the Civil Service.
Venue: Government Party Caucus Room
Thursday 18th June at 10 am
Portfolio Committee: Mines and Mining Development
Oral evidence from the Zimbabwe Miners Federation on the operations by small-scale miners amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Venue: Committee Room No. 4
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