Bill Watch Parliamentary Committees Series 35-2022 - Open Meetings for Week Ending Friday 2nd September



[27th August 2022]

Open Committee Meetings on Monday 29th August
[no open meetings Tuesday to Friday]

Open portfolio committee meetings [meetings that are open to attendance by members of the public as observers only] are scheduled for the morning and afternoon of Monday 29th August, as shown below. 

There are no open meetings scheduled for the rest of the week.  But two series of public hearings around Zimbabwe Monday to Friday have already been notified in Veritas Committee Series bulletins 33 and 34.

Monday 29th August at 10 am

Public Accounts Committee  [PAC] [Main Committee]

Oral evidence from the Secretary for Finance and Economic Development on the unauthorised expenditure for the years 2015 – 2018, which the PAC has been trying to obtain for a period now running into years, most recently last week, when Mr Guvamatanga failed to pitch up.

Hybrid meeting [physical and virtual]

Venue: Government Caucus Room.

Note by Veritas on background:  There is a substantial background to the above item.  The over-expenditure was one of the non-compliance issues raised in a PAC report in July 2019 [link].  The PAC demanded that a Financial Adjustments Bill be presented to condone the over-expenditure, as required by section 307 of the Constitution, but the Bill [link] gazetted in November 2019 was criticised as unsatisfactory by Veritas [link] and never proceeded with.  There the matter has remained, with the PAC continuing its efforts to get an explanation of this inaction from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, so far in vain.  Meanwhile a separate Financial Adjustments Bill, 2022, has been gazetted dealing with over-expenditure in the years 2019 and 2020 [link] and commented on by Veritas [link].

Portfolio Committee: Mines and Mining Development

Oral evidence from the Gold Mobilisation National Taskforce on measures being taken to curb gold leakages.

Virtual meeting

Portfolio Committee: Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development

Oral evidence from the Ministers responsible for Higher and Tertiary Education, Health and Child Care, Environment and Lands, and from the National Biotechnology Authority on the efficacy [capacity?] of Zimbabwe to develop and adopt GMOs [genetically modified organisms] and LMOs [living modified organisms].

Physical meeting

Venue: Senate Chamber.

Portfolio Committee: Environment

Oral evidence from the  Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe on the implementation status of the gender-responsive approach and social inclusion towards climate change mitigation in Zimbabwe.

Virtual meeting.

Monday 29th August at 2 pm

Portfolio Committee: ICT, Postal and Courier Services

Oral evidence from the Ministry of ICT, Postal and Courier Services on progress made in the implementation of the National E-Learning Strategy in schools [repeat of last week’s scheduled meeting?].

Physical meeting.

Venue: Senate Chamber.

How to Follow Virtual and Hybrid Open Meetings on the ZOOM Platform

For assistance in following the proceedings in virtual and hybrid open meetings on the ZOOM platform as observers, interested persons should contact the following for the meeting ID and passcode:

Parliament’s Public Relations Office, Tel: +263 242 700181-6  or  +263 242 252936 – 55.

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