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Parly to conduct public hearings on 2020 budget

The Portfolio Committee on Budget, Finance and Economic Development will conduct public hearings around the country on the 2020 National Budget from Monday 23rd September to Friday 27th September 2019.

Attendance at the Public Hearings

Members of the public, interested groups and organisations are invited to attend these hearings, meetings and express their views to the portfolio committee members on what the 2020 National Budget should – and should not – contain.

Purpose of the Public Hearings

The Portfolio Committee on Budget, Finance and Economic Development, as its name indicates, oversees the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and its handling of Budget matters.

Parliament is bound by the Constitution to consult the public on its Budget processes.  The public hearings are intended to provide an opportunity for members of the public to engage with MPs on the portfolio committee and to explain what they think the 2020 National Budget should – or should not – contain and why.  For instance, citizens may wish to make known to MPs their views on such matters as the income tax threshold, the income tax bands, VAT, the intermediated money transfer tax, customs and excise duties, allocation of funds to Ministries and priority areas for funding, and the measures Government should apply to reduce inflation, price increases, fuel and power shortages, etc.

The information that portfolio committee members gather at the public hearings will enable them, not only to prepare a report for presentation to the National Assembly when the 2020 National Budget is eventually presented to Parliament, but to pass the public’s views on to other MPs public reaction during the other preliminary Parliamentary processes that preceding the Budget presentation.  These processes include the one-day pre-Budget Briefing Seminar and the full pre-Budget Seminar.  The hearings should, therefore, ensure that the views expressed at the hearings by members of the public come to the attention of all MPs.

Two teams from the committee will hold meetings at the places listed in the following tables:

Team A

Date Place Venue Starting
Monday 23 September Kariba Nyamunga Hall 10.00 am
Tuesday 24 September Shamva Shamva Council Hall 10.00 am
Wednesday 25 September Uzumba Mutawatawa Community Hall 10.00 am
Thursday 26 September Chipinge Gaza Hall 10.00 am
Friday 27 September Harare Parliament Building Senate Chamber 10.00 am


Team B

Date Place Venue Starting
Monday 23 September Masvingo Masvingo Civic Centre 10.00 am
Tuesday 24 September Plumtree TMB Hall 10.00 am
Bulawayo Small City Hall 2.00 pm
Wednesday 25 September Lupane Lupane Community Hall 10.00 am
Thursday 26 September Victoria
Kingdom Hotel 10.00 am
Friday 27 September Kwekwe Kwekwe Theatre 10.00 am

Written submissions and correspondence are also welcome.  And it may be helpful to the committee if oral submissions made at a meeting are supported or supplemented by written submissions.

Written submissions can be handed to a Parliamentary official at one of the meetings.  Alternatively, anyone unable to attend a meeting can address his or her written submission or correspondence to:

The Clerk of Parliament

Attention: Portfolio Committee on Budget, Finance and Development

PO Box CY 298

Causeway, Harare, or

Submissions can also be emailed to clerk@parlzim.gov.zw or hand-delivered to Parliament at corner Kwame Nkrumah Avenue and Third Street, Harare

But any person wearing a military uniform, signs of rank, flags or badges or political party regalia will not be allowed access to the meetings.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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