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What to expect in Parliament this week

By Daniel Chigundu

The drama continues this week in the Parliament of Zimbabwe in both House sittings and Portfolio Committees as has become the norm these days.

Parliament is sitting from 19th to the 22nd of November with an interesting lineup of committees that will be capped with the 2019 national budget presentation by Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube.

On Monday 19th November at 10 am, the Portfolio Committee on Mines and Mining Development will hear oral evidence from the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development on the operations of Hwange Colliery Company Ltd

The meeting is a continuation of the ongoing Hwange inquest following reports of multiple scandals which resulted in the company being placed under Reconstruction with the board or management’s knowledge.

The meeting will take place in the Senate Chamber and Honourable Temba Mliswa (Norton) is the chair of the committee.

 

Also meeting at 10 am on Monday is the Public Accounts Committee which will be hearing oral evidence from the Permanent Secretary for Finance and Economic Development on the Ministry’s audited accounts for 2017 and the Auditor-General’s report on the accounts.

The meeting will be happening in Parliament’s Committee Room 4 (5th Floor) and Honourable Tendai Biti (Harare East) is the chair of the committee.

 

Also on Monday 19th November but at 14:00Hrs, the Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development will meet to hear oral evidence from the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development on the status of Air Zimbabwe and Zim Airways.

The meeting will take place in Committee Room 311(3rd Floor) and Honourable Daniel Garwe (Murehwa North)

 

On Tuesday 20th November at 10.00 am, the Thematic Committee on SDGs [Sustainable Development Goals] will sit to hear oral evidence from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development on progress made in the attainment of SDGs.

The meeting will be in Committee Room 413 (4th Floor) Parliament Building and Honourable

 

The Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Climate and Water will also meet on Tuesday at 10 am to hear oral Evidence from (1) the Permanent Secretary for Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement and (2) the General Manager and Board of the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) on the performance of the Parastatal, disposal of GMB assets and the recruitment procedure that was followed in engaging the current GMB Manager

The committee meeting will take place in the Senate Chamber and Honourable Justice Wadyajena (Gokwe Nembudziya) is the chair.

 

The Portfolio Committee on Local Government, Public Works and National Housing will also meet on Tuesday 20th of November to hear oral evidence from:

(1)  the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing on the mandate of the Urban Development Corporation (UDCORP)

(2)  the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) on its current state of affairs.

The committee is chaired by Honourable Miriam Rutendo Chikukwa (Proportional Representation)

The above listed are all open meeting and members of the public who are interested can attend as observers and will not be allowed to contribute to the debates that will be taking place. Those coming should ensure they carry their IDs if they want to be granted entry to the building.

However, members of the public willing to contribute to the committees can do so by sending their contributions to the Clerk of Parliament via the below methods:

clerk@parlzim.gov.zw or by letter posted to the Clerk of Parliament, P.O. Box 298, Causeway, Harare or delivered to Parliament building.

Besides the committee meetings, Parliament (National Assembly and Senate) will have their normal sittings on Tuesday and Wednesday while Thursday attention will be turned to the National Budget presentation.

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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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