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Roundup Bulletin No. 01 - 2013
Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust
February 06, 2013
of Assembly and the Senate resumed their sittings yesterday
after a long Christmas break. The major highlight in both Houses
yesterday was the notice of motion on the Draft
Constitution. Parliament will debate the Draft Constitution Report
on the Draft Constitution Report
Mwonzora (COPAC Co-Chair) gave notice of motion on the Draft Constitution
Report yesterday. In his notice of motion he made it very clear
that the Report was not for the adoption by the House but rather
just for the information of Members. What this means therefore,
is that Parliament can only debate the Report but not amend it.
It appears also
that at this stage, Parliament will not debate
the Draft Constitution itself but the Report.
Debate on the Constitution proper will come after the Referendum,
assuming that the Draft Constitution will garner affirmative votes.
of Government Revenue to Treasury
Hon. Felix Sibanda
(MDC-T Magwegwe) and Hon. Collen Gwiyo (MDC-T Zengeza West) introduced
a motion in the House of Assembly calling upon government to rescind
a moratorium on non-remittance of public revenue by some government
departments; namely the Registrar General’s Office and the
Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP). Government introduced this policy
during the Zimbabwe Dollar hyper-inflation era to cushion these
departments from the adverse effects of the volatile economic situation.
argued that the policy has outlived its purpose given that the country
was now using a stable multi-currency regime. He said revenue generated
by government departments and agencies should be remitted to Treasury
so that government could be able to account for its revenues. Hon.
Sibanda was concerned that government might be losing a lot of revenue
as a result of corruption since there were checks and balances in
place to ensure that the above-mentioned departments used the retained
funds for the intended purposes. He also lamented the fact that
government was failing to pay its workers well due to suppressed
revenue inflows yet some departments were allowed to retain revenue
they generated and used it at their own discretion.
In support of
the motion, Hon. Gwiyo and Hon. Madzimure echoed similar sentiments
and argued that the only way to ensure transparency and accountability
regarding government revenues was to have one authority; Treasury,
in charge of government coffers as opposed to the obtaining situation.
Call for the Dissolution of the Sports and Recreation Commission
(SRC) Hon. Jeffryson Chitando (MDC-T Masvingo Central) moved a motion
yesterday calling for the dissolution of the Sports and Recreation
Commission for “failure to discharge its mandate”. He
argued that performance across all sporting disciplines in the country
gone down as evidenced by dismal performance of national teams at
regional and international tournaments. He argued that SRC was to
blame as it had failed to develop sport in the country in line with
the mandate for which it was established to do. He thus urged his
colleagues in the House to support his recommendation for the dissolution
of the Sports and Recreation Commission.
The motion received
general support across the political divide. However, some Members
were of the view that before rushing to call for the dissolution
of the SRC, Parliament should be pushing the Executive to establish
a stand-alone Ministry solely responsible for sport development
and administration. They noted that the current situation whereby
the sport administration was lumped together with education, arts
and culture did not augur well for the development of sport in the
country. They further argued that the current international best
practice was to have a stand-alone Ministry of Sport.
of Motions to the Order Paper
The House of
Assembly restored to the Order Paper the following motions which
had lapsed to due to the prorogation of the 4th Session of Parliament:
- Second Report
of the Portfolio Committee on Education, Sport, Arts and Culture
on the Challenges in the Education Sector in Zimbabwe,
Member’s Bill to amend Section 121 of the Criminal
Procedure and Evidence Act.
Major Business in Parliament
The House of
Assembly will kick off its sitting today with Question and Answer
session on topical policy issues followed by debate on the Draft
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