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Open meetings 10-14 May – Bill Watch Special
May 08, 2010

House of Assembly Portfolio Committees and Senate Thematic Committees: Open Meetings10th to 14th May

Note: This bulletin is based on the latest information provided by Parliament Late on 7th May. Last-minute changes are, however, possible. So, if you wish to Attend any of the following meetings, Veritas recommends that you avoid possible disappointment by first checking with the relevant committee clerk that the meeting is still on and open to the public. Parliament's telephone numbers are Harare +263 4 700181 or +263 4 252936-55.

The following meetings are open to members of the public, as observers only, not as participants. [See note at the end of this bulletin on public attendance and participation at different types of committee meetings.]

Monday 10th May at 10 am

Portfolio Committee: Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism

Oral evidence from Hotel Association of Zimbabwe

Committee Room No. 311

Chairperson: Hon P. Dube

Clerk: Mr Munjenge

Portfolio Committee: Mines and Energy

Oral evidence from Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution

Co Senate Chamber

Chairperson: Hon Chindori-Chininga

Clerk: Mr Manhivi

Monday 10th May at 2 pm

Portfolio Committee: Budget, Finance, Economic Planning and Investment Promotion

Oral evidence from (i) Cross Border Association, (ii) Zimbabwe Tourism Authority,
(iii) Transport Operators Association, (iv) Shipping and Forwarders Association

Committee Room No. 4

Chairperson: Hon Zhanda

Clerk: Mr Ratsakatika


Tuesday 11th May at 10 am

Portfolio Committee: Agriculture, Water, Lands and Resettlement

Brief from Zimbabwe Agricultural Technicians Association

Committee Room No. 4

Chairperson: Hon Jiri

Clerk: Miss Mudavanhu

Portfolio Committee: Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade

Oral evidence from Ministry of Regional Integration and International Trade on First Quarter Budget Performance Report

Committee Room No. 3

Chairperson: Hon Mukanduri

Clerk: Ms Macheza

Highlights of Recent Committee Meetings

On Tuesday 4th May

The Portfolio Committee on Defence and Home Affairs heard evidence from the Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs and a ZRP Deputy Commissioner on the ZRP's need for additional resources and funding to provide security to the constitution outreach process [US$ 3 million]. The Deputy Commissioner said "Intelligence that we have is that there might be violence because there are some people opposed to the current constitutional process and others are in support and that is a fertile ground for violence". Draft Committee Reports being Considered

Other committees will meet in closed session this week to consider draft reports for presentation to the Senate or the House of Assembly in due course. Drafts on the following topics are under consideration: access to treatment for HIV/AIDS [Thematic Committee on HIV/AIDS]; operations of informal traders [Thematic Committee on Indigenisation and Empowerment]; implementation of Ministry of Higher Education cadetship scheme and provision of scholarships [Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology]; operations of NSSA and benefits accruing to workers [Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare]; the justice delivery system [Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal Affairs, Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs]; the seed and fertiliser industry [Portfolio Committee on Industry and Commerce]; the state of the public media [Portfolio Committee on Media, Information and Communication Technology]; the state of SMEs in Zimbabwe [Portfolio Committee on Small and Medium Enterprises]; early childhood development [Portfolio Committee on Education, Sport and Culture].

Public Attendance at and Participation in Committee Meetings

  • Portfolio and thematic committee meetings in which the committees are doing private business - e.g. setting workplans, deliberating on reports and findings, or drafting reports for Parliament, or when the committees make field visits - are not open to the public.
  • Portfolio and thematic committee meetings where oral evidence is being heard are open to the public to attend as observers only. If attending, please use the Kwame Nkrumah Ave entrance to Parliament. IDs must be produced.
  • At some committee meetings stakeholders [and those who notify Parliament that they consider themselves stakeholders and are accepted as such] are invited to make oral or written representations and ask questions. These meetings will be highlighted in these notices.
  • When committees call for public hearings, members of the public are free to submit oral or written representations, ask questions and generally participate. Veritas sends out separate notices of these public hearings.

Note: Zimbabweans in the Diaspora can send in written submissions to stakeholders' meetings if they consider themselves stakeholders, and to public hearings, by emailing their submissions to

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