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Roundup Bulletin No. 40 - 2011
Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust
December 02, 2011
of Assembly blocked the fast-tracking of the 2012
National Budget debate yesterday as backbenchers argued that
they required adequate time to scrutinize the budget proposals.
The House instead ratified two international agreements and restored
the National Incomes
and Pricing Commission Bill to the Order Paper before they adjourned
to next Tuesday. The Senate quizzed Ministers on various issues
of national interest during Question Time.
of Assembly Plenary Proceedings:
of Debate on the 2012 National Budget
In an unprecedented move,
backbenchers in the House of Assembly blocked the “fast-tracking”
of the 2012 National Budget yesterday. Debate on the budget was
the first item on the Order Paper and before the item could be debated,
the Chairperson of the Budget, Finance and Investment Promotion,
Hon. Paddy Zhanda moved a motion for the deferment of debate on
the Budget. He said Portfolio Committees needed adequate time to
scrutinize allocations to their relevant sectors and also time to
compile reports for tabling in the House. The motion was unanimously
supported by backbenchers across the political divide.
Hon. Zhanda cited the
Public Finance and Management Act (PFMA) which gave Parliament a
leeway to debate the budget up to 31 January 2012. Hence members
questioned the rationale by the Executive of wanting to fast-track
the passage of the budget.
The Minister of Finance
was left with no option and thus agreed to defer debate on the budget
to next week. Hon. Zhanda had sought to have the budget debate deferred
to the 13th December. However, since the House adjourned to Tuesday
6 December 2011, it is more than likely that the budget will be
debated on Tuesday next week.
By refusing to have the
budget fast-tracked yesterday, the House of Assembly made a big
statement to the Executive that it could no longer be taken as a
of International Agreements
The House of
Assembly ratified the 2nd Revised Cotonou Agreement and the Trade
Agreement between the Government of Zimbabwe and the Government
of the State of Kuwait in fulfillment of subsection (1) of section
111B of the Constitution
of Bill to the Order Paper
The House passed a motion
by the Minister of Industry and Commerce, Hon. Professor Welshman
Ncube to restore the National Incomes and Pricing Commission Bill
to Order Paper. The Bill had been superceded by the prorogation
of the 3rd Session.
to Tuesday 6 December 2011. It is hoped that by that time, Portfolio
Committees would be ready to present their reports on 2012 budget
relating to the sectors they shadow.
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