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of 3 Constitutional Commissions announced - Bill Watch 45 / 2009
December 21, 2009
The House of
Assembly has adjourned until 2nd February 2010
The Senate has adjourned until 9th February
on Inclusive Government
The three GPA
principals met this afternoon to discuss the outstanding issues
of disagreement between the two main parties. Nothing was concluded.
After their meeting last Monday they had directed the negotiators
to produce a comprehensive report detailing the issues agreed on
with deadlines for implementation. The negotiators did not however
meet over the weekend as was planned – once again some of
them were not available. They are meeting this evening to finalise
their report which they will now present to each of the principals
separately tomorrow, Tuesday. The principals will then meet together
to discuss the report on Wednesday at 10 am. After that meeting
it is likely that any outstanding issues which are still in dispute
will be referred to SADC for arbitration. According to the Prime
Minister’s office last week, “the majority of issues
have been resolved, either between the negotiators or via recommendations
by the facilitators themselves”, but the appointments of the
Reserve Bank Governor and Attorney General were still unresolved.
At the meeting
of the GPA principals this afternoon, the composition of three of
the four constitutional commissions was almost finalised except
that the Chairpersons and Deputy Chairpersons of ZEC and ZHRC have
not yet been named. The names released are as follows:
Commisssion [ZEC] 8 Members: Daniel Chigaru, Geoff Feltoe, Theophilus
Gambe, Joyce Kazembe, Petty Makoni, Sibongile Ndhlovu, Bessie Nhandara,
Mukuni Nyathi [One of these members will be named as Deputy Chairperson.
There is speculation that former Harare High Court Judge Simpson
Mtambanengwe will be named as Chairperson.]
Rights Commission [ZHRC] 8 Members: Kwanele Jirira, Carol Khombe,
Joseph Kurebwa, Jacob Mudenda, Elasto Mugwadi, Japhet Ndabeni-Ncube,
Neseni Nomathemba, Ellen Sithole. [One of these members will be
named as Deputy Chairperson. There is speculation that former UZ
Law Professor Reginald Austin will be named as chairperson.]
Commission [ZMC] Chairperson Godfrey Majonga, Deputy Chairperson
Nqubile Nyathi and 7 other members: Lawton Hikwa, Miriam Madziwa,
Chris Mhike, Millicent Mombeshora, Henry Muradzikwa, Chris Mutsvangwa,
Week in Parliament
House of Assembly
did not sit last week. It adjourned on Wednesday 9th December until
Tuesday 2nd February.
Senate sat on Tuesday and Wednesday, then adjourned until 9th February.
Wednesday’s sitting lasted until after 7 pm to enable fast-tracking
of the two Budget Bills and two other Bills.
The Appropriation (2010) Bill and Finance (No. 3) Bill were passed
without amendment on Wednesday.
The Public Finance Management Bill and Audit Office Bill were also
passed without amendment on Wednesday.
The Second Reading
debate on the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Amendment Bill was completed
on Tuesday. ZANU-PF Chief Whip Monica Mutsvangwa tabled major amendments
to the Bill for consideration during the Committee Stage. Senator
Obert Gutu of MDC-T tabled an amendment to delete the provision
granting indemnity [backdated to 1999] to the Bank and the Governor
[added during the Bill’s passage through the House of Assembly
at the insistence of ZANU-PF MPs]. On Wednesday the Minister of
Finance told the Senate he had been informed by the Leader of the
House that the three principals are holding consultations on the
Bill. So the Bill was carried over to be dealt with when the Senate
resumes on 9th February.
Business carried forward to next year
House of Assembly
Bills: The Public
Order and Security Amendment Bill [Mr Gonese’s Private Member’s
Bill] awaits its introduction.
Agenda: Unless the Prime Minister chooses to make an earlier announcement
outside Parliament, his promised statement on the Government’s
legislative agenda will have to wait until the House resumes in
motions on the agenda include one calling for a comprehensive audit
of the voters roll and another to take note of the report of the
SADC Parliamentary Forum Observer Mission on the recent Botswana
Because the last two Question Times were deferred to allow Budget
business to take precedence, 53 questions have accumulated for reply
by Ministers. The Prime Minister has undertaken to ensure that Ministers
attend the House to deal with unanswered questions. A recently tabled
question asks Minister of Media, Information and Publicity Webster
Mr Shamu [ZANU-PF] to explain ZBC’s negative reporting on
the Prime Minister.
Bills: The Reserve
Bank of Zimbabwe Amendment Bill awaits its Committee Stage. A number
of amendments have been tabled.
uncompleted debate on Senator Muchihwa’s motion on Community
and Home-Based Care Programmes will continue.
questions await Ministerial reply – one posed by Senator Mumvuri
of ZANU-PF, asks the co-Ministers of Home Affairs to explain what
measures the Ministry has put in place to “curtail the rampant
thefts of property, illegal panning of gold and indiscriminate cutting
of trees perpetuated by the unemployed former farm workers who are
still living on legally acquired and resettled farms”.
in of Second Vice-President
Landa Nkomo was sworn in as a Vice-President on Monday 14th December,
filling the vacancy created by the death of Vice-President Joseph
Msika on 4th August. Mrs Joice Mujuru remains in her position as
a Vice-President of the country. The President can appoint either
Vice-President as acting President in his absence. Mrs Mujuru acted
as President while he was at the Copenhagen Climate Conference.
Mr Nkomo’s appointment will not alter the number of vacancies
in the Senate, but his appointment will necessitate his replacement
as Minister of State in the President’s office and Chairman
of the Organ for National Healing. He has said that until this happens
he will continue to chair the Organ.
House of Assembly
Portfolio Committees and Senate Thematic Committees wound up their
business for 2009 last week. Committee meetings will resume on Monday
25th January 2010.
Committee Report on Ministry of Mines and Energy
The House of
Assembly portfolio committee on Mines and Energy reported on the
2010 Post-Budget Analysis of Votes for the Ministry Mines and Mining
Development and the Ministry of Energy and Power Development. The
report criticised the Secretary for Mines and Mining Development
for various breaches of the Mines and Minerals Act, including suspending
the operations of the Mining Affairs Board from April 2009 onwards.
between Zimbabwe and South Africa
The text of
the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement with
South Africa [BIPPA] signed in Harare on 27th November has been
released. This should be read with the Pretoria High Court’s
order in the case Louis Fick v Republic of South Africa, which records
the South African government’s assurance that the BIPPA does
not affect existing rights under the SADC Treaty or the efficacy
of the SADC Tribunal’s rulings in the Zimbabwe land cases,
which rulings the South African government respects and undertakes
Bills in Parliament:
House of Assembly:
None. All Bills have been dealt with.
Bank of Zimbabwe Amendment Bill
Introduction: The Public Order and SecurityAmendment Bill [Mr Gonese’s
Private Member’s Bill] was gazetted on 11th December. The
Bill now awaits introduction in the House of Assembly.
President’s Assent: Financial Adjustments Bill, Public Finance
Management Bill, Audit Office Bill, Appropriation (2010) Bill and
Finance (No. 3) Bill.
On 18th December only one statutory instrument was gazetted –
a suspension of customs duty.
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