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Committee Meetings 20th to 23rd June, Committee Reports and Status of Bills - Bill Watch 24/2011
June 20, 2011

The House of Assembly sat on 14th and 15th June, then adjourned to 12th July

The Senate is adjourned until 5th July

Parliamentary Committee Meetings Monday 20th to Thursday 23rd June

The following meetings are open to members of the public, as observers, not as participants, i.e. members of the public can listen but not speak.

Note: Members of the public, including Zimbabweans in the Diaspora, can at any time send written submissions to committees by email to

Monday 20th June at 10 am

Portfolio Committee: Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism

Oral evidence from CAMPFIRE Association and Timber Producers Federation on conservancies and forestry-based land reform policy

Committee Room No. 311

Chairperson: Hon M. Dube Clerk: Mr Munjenge

Monday 20th June at 2 pm

Portfolio Committee: Public Works and National Housing

Oral evidence from Nehanda Housing Society (Pvt) Ltd on its operations and its relationship and Memorandum of Agreement it entered into with the Ministry of National Housing and Social Amenities

Committee Room No. 311

Chairperson: Hon Mupukuta Clerk: Mr Mazani

Thematic Committee: Gender and Development

Oral briefing from Musasa Project on (1) how the organisation is contributing to gender equality in Zimbabwe and (2) their views on the effectiveness of the Domestic Violence Act.

Committee Room No. 3

Chairperson: Hon Chitsa Clerk: Ms Masara

Tuesday 21st June at 10 am

Portfolio Committee: Industry and Commerce

Presentation on the business environment in the City of Bulawayo

Committee Room No. 311

Chairperson: Hon Mutomba Clerk: Ms Masara

No Open Meetings on Wednesday 22nd June

Thursday 23rd June at 10 am

Portfolio Committee: Education, Sport and Culture

Oral evidence from the Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture on the tendering procedure and textbook distribution in primary and secondary schools

Committee Room No. 4

Chairperson: Hon Mangami Clerk: Ms Chikuvire

Thursday 23rd June at 11 am

Thematic Committee: Indigenisation and Empowerment

Oral evidence from Natural Stones Export Co and Mutoko Rural District Council on the implementation of the indigenisation and empowerment policy

Committee Room No. 311

Chairperson: Hon Mutsvangwa Clerk: Mr Ratsakatika

Note: As there are sometimes last-minute changes to the meetings schedule, it is recommended that persons wishing to attend a meeting avoid possible disappointment by checking with the relevant committee clerk that the meeting is still on and still open to the public. Parliament's telephone numbers are Harare 700181 or 252936. If attending, please use the Kwame Nkrumah Ave entrance to Parliament, between 2nd and 3rd Streets. IDs must be produced.

New Portfolio Committee Reports

The following Portfolio Committee reports have been tabled recently in the House of Assembly [electronic versions available.]:

  • The State of Industry and Revival Strategies [Portfolio Committee on Industry and Commerce]
  • The Operations of the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB), Constraints and Challenges Faced by Tobacco Farmers [Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Lands, Water and Resettlement]
  • The State of Public Media in Zimbabwe [Portfolio Committee on Media, Information and Communication Technology]

Status of Bills as at 17th June 2011

Bills in the Senate

Public Order and Security Amendment Bill [H.B. 11A, 2009]. Private Member's Bill introduced by Hon I. Gonese, MDC-T. Passed by House: 8th December 2010 [with amendments]

  • Stage: Awaiting Second Reading
  • [Note: Senate Standing Orders do not presently allow Mr Gonese, who is a member of the House of Assembly, to speak to the Bill in the Senate. A proposed amendment to Standing Orders, which would allow him to do, has been approved by the Standing Rules and Orders Committee and circulated to Senators; it will come into operation on 15th July unless Senators have lodged objections before that date.]

Deposit Protection Corporation Bill [H.B. 7A, 2010].

  • Passed by House: 1st June 2011 [with amendments]
  • Ministry: Finance
  • Stage: Awaiting Second Reading.

Small Enterprises Development Corporation Amendment Bill [H.B. 9, 2010].

  • Passed by House: 5th April 2011. [Electronic version available.]
  • Ministry: Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development
  • Stage: Awaiting Second Reading

Bills in the House of Assembly

National Incomes and Pricing Commission Amendment Bill [H.B. 10, 2010].

  • Gazetted: 5th November 2010.
  • Ministry: Industry and Commerce
  • Portfolio Committee: Industry and Commerce
  • Stage: Awaiting Second Reading

Bills Awaiting Introduction

Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission Bill [H.B. 2, 2011]. [Electronic version available.]

  • Gazetted: 10th June 2011
  • Ministry: Justice and Legal Affairs
  • Portfolio Committee: Justice, Legal Affairs, Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs

Bills Being Printed for Introduction

Older Persons Bill [H.B. 1, 2011]. [Text not yet available.]

  • Ministry: Labour and Social Services

Electoral Amendment Bill, [H.B. 3,2011]. [Text not yet available.]

  • Ministry: Justice and Legal Affairs

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