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Roundup Bulletin No. 31 - 2011
Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust
September 23, 2011
continued debating the motion in reply to the President’s
Speech. However, the House
of Assembly struggled again yesterday to maintain a quorum and
Hon. Madzimure had to truncate the presentation of his motion on
the match-fixing involving the national soccer team in Asian countries.
of Assembly and Senate Plenary Proceedings
on the President’s Speech
Members in both
Houses of Parliament continued debating the motion on the President’s
speech. Themes such as youth empowerment, support services to the
agricultural sector, politically motivated violence, poor conditions
of service for civil servants, sanctions, indigenization and empowerment
and challenges facing the educational sector kept recurring in Members
contributions on the debate in both Houses.
Madzimure (MDC-T Kambuzuma), seconded by Hon. Jeffryson Chitando
(MDC-T Masvingo Central) moved a motion in the House Assembly condemning
the match-fixing scandal involving the national football team in
Asian countries. The scandal has come to be known in the country
as the “Asiagate”.
In moving his
motion, Hon. Madzimure noted that sport plays a crucial unifying
function in society and that it has become a big business and thus
urged government to give it due attention like other sectors of
the economy. He called on the government through the Ministry of
Education, Sport, Arts and Culture to come up with a comprehensive
sports policy that creates a conducive environment for sports development
castigated the Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture, the
Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), Zimbabwe Football Association
(ZIFA) and the police for their apparent luke-warm response towards
reports of rife corruption involving the national soccer team. He
said all the culprits fingered in the Asiagate report should prosecuted
without further delay in order to cleanse the image of sport in
the country and also to nab corruption in the bud in the sports
sector. Hon. Madzimure recommended that a Committee of parliament
be established to investigate and make recommendations on the role
of the Ministry of Education Sport, Arts and Culture in sport. Further,
he said the proposed committee should be empowered to determine
the role played by the Sports and Recreation Commission and ZIFA
in the the Asiagate scandal. This committee should also ensure that
all administrators implicated in the commission of corruption in
soccer be referred to the police and the Anti-Corruption Commission.
Restoration of the Condolence Motion on the Death of Retired
General Solomon Mujuru on the Order Paper
in our Parliamentary Roundup
Bulletin No. 30, debate on the Condolence Motion on the Death
of Retired General Solomon Mujuru was superceded by the lack of
quorum on Wednesday’s sitting and thus it fell off the Order
Paper in terms of Standing Order No. 27(1).
Kudakwashe Bhasikiti gave notice to restore the motion on the Order
Paper. Restoration of POSA
Amendment Bill on the Order Paper
Notice by Hon.
Gonese to restore on the Order Paper his amendment Bill on Public
Order and Security Act (POSA), which had lapsed with the prorogation
of the 3rd Session is still pending. The matter will be brought
up for discussion on Tuesday 11 October 2011 when the Senate resumes
reports indicate that Senate would reject the motion to restore
the Bill on the Order Paper and thus “kill” the Bill.
In our next Bulletin, we will explore the constitutional and procedural
implications of such a move.
The House of
Assembly adjourned to Tuesday 4 October while the Senate adjourned
to Tuesday 11 October 2011. However, the break will not affect meetings
of Portfolio and Thematic Committees.
of Public Hearings
Portfolio Committee on Education, Sport, Arts, and Culture will
be conducting public hearings and consultations on challenges in
the Education Sector from 26 - 29th September and 4th October 2011.
The purpose of the hearings is to afford stakeholders and the public
an opportunity to raise these challenges to the committee so that
it can recommend to government appropriate policy interventions.
The dates, times
and venues are as indicated below:-
27 September 2011
28 September 2011
4 October 2011
Chamber Parliament Building
professional organizations, civic organizations and members of the
public wishing to contribute to the process are cordially invited
to participate. Written submissions are welcome and should be addressed
The Clerk of
Parliament Attention: Portfolio Committee on Education, Sport, Arts
and Culture P O Box CY 298 Causeway Harare, firstname.lastname@example.org
, Telephone No. (04) 700181 - 9, 252936 - 50 ext. 2051 (Mr.
Chiremba) Fax: (04) 252935
the public hearings, the Committee will compile a report and table
it in the House of Assembly for debate.
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