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  • The second session of the seventh Parliament to open tomorrow
    Bulawayo Agenda
    July 12, 2010

    The second session of the seventh Parliament is expected to be officially opened tomorrow, dissolving the current parliament session. According to the clerk of parliament, the session is also expected to facilitate the presentation of the mid term fiscal policy review statement by the Minister of Finance, Tendai Biti, on Wednesday. The start of the parliament session this week will bring about a break in the constitution outreach meetings, which are expected to resume on Monday next week. The clerk of parliament said that as parliamentarians are essential members of all the outreach teams, the parliamentary sittings necessitate the suspension of Outreach meetings. He added that there will be no Outreach meetings between 11 and 18 July. The start of a new session however brings a lot of changes to the unfinished business of the session, which is expected to fall away.

    Among some of the bills that will be affected by the start of the second session of parliament will be the POSA amendment bill, which is currently before the House of Assembly. The POSA Amendment Bill is expected to trail off and uncompleted motions and unasked questions are also expected to lapse. Standing Orders permit however allows for lapsed Bills to be restored to the Order Paper [agenda] for the new parliament session at the stage previously reached, and it is hoped that the POSA Amendment Bill will be placed on the agenda for the coming week.

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