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at Constitutional Conference - Bill Watch 24/2009
July 13, 2009
The House of
Assembly is due to resume on Tuesday 14th July, and the Senate on
Tuesday 21st July
Note: If the
All Stakeholders Conference is able to resume on Tuesday and work
continues through the afternoon, it is likely that the Speaker will
immediately adjourn the House of Assembly until the following day.
All-Stakeholders Conference on New Constitution
day [Sunday] was marked by bad organisation, and fewer than 300
of the 4000 invited delegates had been accredited by close of day.
On Day 2 [Monday] the opening speeches [including the President’s
key note address and speeches by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai
and Deputy Prime Arthur Mutambara] were due to start at nine. Nothing
in fact happened until almost twelve, when leaders from Parliament
arrived. After a short prayer and few minutes of the Speaker of
Parliament’s speech the proceedings were interrupted by a
noisy demonstration by war veterans. As of close of day the proceedings
had not been resumed.
on Constitutional Commissions Nominations
of candidates from among the large number of applicants has still
not been completed. Work on short-listing stopped while all Parliamentary
energies were concentrated on finalising arrangements for the First
All-Stakeholders Conference. Short-listing of candidates is expected
to be resumed later this week.
on Inclusive Government
There are two
serious new problems confronting the inclusive government:
- The accusations
by MDC-T that today’s debacle at the First All-Stakeholders
Conference was engineered by ZANU-PF in an attempt to derail the
- The Kimberly
Process demand that military activity cease immediately at the
Chiadzwa diamond fields will be a test of the government’s
of Finance’s Mid-Term Policy Statement
This will be
presented to Parliament on Thursday 16th July. “This will
be a report card basically explaining how we have done so far”.
As the Minister has already said he will be making serious policy
pronouncements aimed at boosting the country’s economy and
reviewing taxes, he is expected to present Supplementary Estimates
of Expenditure and a Finance Bill.
final draft of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Amendment Bill has now
reached Cabinet, it is unlikely that this or any of the Bills on
the legislative reform agenda will be presented this week or next.
for the Minister of Finance asking for guidance on what people
should do with their old bank notes; whether there will be an
independent audit of the Reserve Bank’s distribution of
farm mechanization equipment and agricultural inputs; and which
part of the 2009 Budget caters for the Prime Minister’s
Office [Note: the approved Estimates of Expenditure contain no
specific provision for the Prime Minister’s Office.]
for the Minister of Defence on measures being taken to ensure
that the entire Defence Forces uphold the Inter-Party Political
Agreement; and on the attitude of the Defence Forces chiefs towards
the Prime Minister
for the Minister of Agriculture about the allocation of ARDA agricultural
properties to private individuals; and calling for information
on the winter wheat and barley plantings and the anticipated tobacco
hectarage for the 2009-10 season
- a motion
for urgent reform of media laws moved by Mr Chikwinya of MDC-T
on 17th June [so far only Mr Chikwinya’s speech has been
heard, so much more debate can be anticipated – points raised
by Mr Chikwinya include the need for the public media to provide
balanced and fair coverage, and the reaction of the Ministry of
Media, Information and Publicity to the High Court ruling declaring
the Media and Information Commission extinct];
- a motion
on the need for measures to eliminate abject poverty in the communal
areas and to extricate them from their present state of underdevelopment
[moved by Mr Chinyadza of MDC-T]
- Mr Chimanikire’s
“take note” motion on the report of the SADC Parliamentarians'
Policy Dialogue on Poverty and Social Transfers [“ social
transfers” being the term used to describe social welfare
measures and pensions as means of reducing poverty].
Committees will be holding their inaugural meetings on Thursday
[not open to the public].
House of Assembly
Portfolio Committee meetings open to the public on Thursday: Education,
Sports and Culture for oral evidence from Minister of Education,
Sports, Arts and Culture [Committee Room No. 4, 10 am]; Media, Information
and Communication Technology for oral evidence from Zimbabwe National
Editors’ Forum [Committee Room No. 1, 10 am] [Note: if you
wish to attend, it is advisable to clear attendance with Parliament
beforehand by telephoning 700181and asking for the relevant committee
– the SI extending the suspension of customs duty on groceries
and basic commodities until 31st July was gazetted on 10th July.
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