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Roundup Bulletin No. 36 - 2012
Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust
October 30, 2012
Mugabe officially opened the 5th and last Session of the 7th Parliament
yesterday and outlined the legislative agenda of Parliament leading
up to the harmonized elections, presumably in March 2013.
of the President’s speech
In his speech
marking the official opening of the 5th Session Parliament,
the President hinted that the Session would be shorter than expected
due to the impending elections which he said would be conducted
in March 2013 under the new Constitution.
and commended the mutual collaboration between the governing parties
despite their political differences. The President also called upon
the nation to shun all forms of violence especially now as the country
was edging towards elections.
also expressed his appreciation to COPAC Executive Committee and
the Management Committee for producing a Draft Constitution despite
the fact that it took longer than expected. He described the 2nd
All Stakeholders Conference as a "major success". He
called upon COPAC to expeditiously consolidate the Draft taking
into consideration views expressed by stakeholders at the 2nd All
Stakeholders Conference. The President said the consolidated Draft
would be submitted to the Principals who will make necessary arrangements
for the way-forward culminating in the holding of elections. In
effect, what the President said was that the constitutional
process was now in the hands of the Principals.
noted that the country will be co-hosting the 2013 United Nations
World Tourism Organization General Assembly with Zambia next year
in Victoria Falls and Livingstone, respectively. He said the event
will provide "fresh impetus" to the growth and development
of the tourism industry as well as putting the country on the world
also noted that some parts of the country were facing severe drought
and food deficiency. He assured Parliament that government would
ensure that the affected areas would receive government assistance.
He called upon relevant government departments to expedite the process
of moving grain from surplus areas to needy areas as matter of priority.
He also urged government to prioritize the agricultural sector both
in terms of adequate resources and proper planning. Government will
also pay particular attention to the dire situation regarding the
revealed to Parliament that government will soon formulate a policy
to "decriminalize" the activities of illegal panners
so as to allow them to operate in a legal and properly managed manner.
national airline, Air Zimbabwe, President Mugabe indicated that
government was still searching for a strategic partner.
On the indigenization
and empowerment policy, he expressed satisfaction that the policy
has proceeded well, especially in the mining sector. He said most
of the mining companies have complied with the policy resulting
in the launch of 5 Community Share Ownership schemes across the
Expected in Parliament
the following Bills as some of the legislation set for introduction
in Parliament during life of this Session;
General’s Amendment Bill
Development Fund Bill
Investment Authority Bill
- Mines and
Minerals Amendment Bill
- Civil Aviation
- State Enterprises
and Parastatals Management Bill
Negotiating Forum Bill
were not mentioned in the President’s speech but likely to
be passed by Parliament are as follows;
- New Constitution
adjourned to 15 November 2012, a day which will coincide with the
2013 National Budget Presentation by the Minister of Finance, Hon.
be conducting a pre-Budget Seminar for all Members of Parliament
on 1-4 November 2012. The seminar is an annual activity meant to
enhance the contribution of members on the process of budget formulation
and prioritization ahead of the presentation of the 2013 national
budget statement on the 15th of November 2012.
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