Public Hearings on Public Health Bill

BILL WATCH

PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES SERIES 6/2018

2nd March 2018

Public Hearings on Public Health Bill

Monday 5th to Friday 9th March

Parliament has published the self-explanatory notice reproduced below announcing public hearings countrywide on this important Bill, and giving the dates and venues of the hearings.  The public hearings will be conducted jointly by the National Assembly’s Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care and the Senate’s Thematic Committee on HIV and AIDS.  There will be nineteen public hearings in all.

The Bill is available on the Veritas website [link].   It has already been introduced in the National Assembly and received a non-adverse report from the Parliamentary Legal Committee [PLC], which means the PLC found the Bill to be consistent with the Constitution.  The Bill’s next step in the National Assembly will be its Second Reading Stage, during which the Minister of Health and Child Care will explain the policy and aims of the Bill, and the Portfolio Committee’s  chairperson will presented the committee’s report.  The report will describe public reaction to the Bill as gathered during next week’s public hearings, the committees views on the Bill and its recommendations for changes.  MPs will then have an opportunity for full debate on the Bill.  These public hearings, therefore, provide an excellent opportunity for concerned organisations and members of the public to ensure that their views on the Bill are considered when Parliament’s makes decisions on the Bill in plenary session.  Written submissions can also be made to the committees [see below].

Reminder: Members of the public, including Zimbabweans in the Diaspora, can at any time send written submissions to Parliamentary committees by email addressed to [email protected] or by letter posted to the Clerk of Parliament, P.O. Box 298, Causeway, Harare or delivered to Parliament’s Kwame Nkrumah Avenue entrance in Harare, marked for the attention of the relevant committee.

Parliament’s Notice

PUBLIC HEARINGS

PUBLIC HEALTH BILL

The Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care and the Thematic Committee on HIV and AIDS will be holding Public Hearings on the Public Health Bill (H. B 7, 2017) from 05 March to 10 March 2018. The Committees will be split into two (2) groups and will cover all the provinces as follows:

TEAM A

DATE PLACE VENUE TIME
Monday

05/03/2018

Mutare

Rusape

Queens Hall

602 Hall

0900hrs – 1100hrs

1400hrs – 1600hrs

Tuesday

06/03/2018

Wedza

Marondera

Wedza Sunshine Inn

MbuyaNehanda  Hall

1000hrs-1200hrs

1400hrs-1600hrs

Wednesday

07/03/2018

Bindura

Rushinga

Bindura Country Club

Rushinga Guest House

1000hrs-1200hrs

1400hrs-1600hrs

Thursday

08/03/2018

Magunje

Chinhoyi

Magunje RDC Boardroom

Cooksey Hall

100hrs-1200hrs

1400hrs-1600hrs

Friday

09/03/2018

 

Chitungwiza

Harare

St. Mary’s Hall

Parliament Building : National Assembly Chamber

1000hrs-1200hrs

1400hrs-1600hrs

TEAM B

DATE PLACE VENUE TIME
Monday

05/03/2018

Gweru

Zvishavane

Gweru Theatre

Runde RDC Boardroom

0900hrs – 1100hrs

1400hrs – 1600hrs

Tuesday

06/03/2018

Masvingo

Mwenezi

Civic Centre

Mwenezi RDC Boardroom

0900hrs-1100hrs

1400hrs-1600hrs

Wednesday

07/03/2018

Beitbridge

Gwanda

Purple Heart Centre

Jahunda Community Hall

0900hrs-1100hrs

1500hrs-1700hrs

Thursday

08/03/2018

Bulawayo Iminyela Hall 1000hrs-1200hrs
Friday

09/03/2018

Binga

Hwange

Binga RDC Boardroom

Edmund Davis Hall

0900hrs-1100hrs

1400hrs-1600hrs

 

All those who will be putting on military uniforms, badges of rank, flags and or political party regalia will not be allowed access to the public hearing.

The public, interested groups and organizations are invited to attend these consultations.  Written submissions and correspondence are welcome and should be addressed to:

The Clerk of Parliament

Attention: Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care and Thematic Committee on HIV and AIDS

P.O. Box CY 298

Causeway

Harare

Submissions can also be made by email through email address [email protected]

For any further information or clarifications please call on the telephone numbers below and speak to the officers indicated.

Telephone: (04) 700181 – 8, 252936 – 50

Edna Mafuruse/ Tapiwa Chiremba (Committee Clerks): Ext. 2253/2164/2051

Phillis Kupamupindi/Catherine Mpofu Muvhami (Public Relations Officers) Ext 2171/2007

Fax: (04) 252935Veritas makes every effort to ensure reliable information, but cannot take legal responsibility for information supplied

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