Speaker of the National Assembly Hon Adv Jacob Mudenda recently announced the new committee on Standing Rules and Orders (SROC) which was nominated on 1 October 2018. The members of the SROC are as follows:
Hon. Adv. Jacob Francis Mudenda- Speaker of the National Assembly and Chairperson
Hon. Mabel Memory Chinomona- President of the Senate and Deputy Chairperson
Hon. Tsitsi Gezi- Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly;
Hon. Sen. Rtd. Lt. General Michael Reuben Nyambuya- Deputy President of the Senate;
Hon. Tabitha Khumalo- Leader of the Opposition
Hon. Pupurai Togarepi- ZANU PF Chief Whip
Hon. Prosper Chapfiwa Mutseyami- MDC-Alliance Chief Whip
Hon. Sen. Chief Charumbira- President of the National Council of Chiefs
Hon. Sen. Tsitsi Muzenda, appointed by the President of the Senate
Hon. Royi Billah, appointed by the Speaker of the National Assembly
Hon. Sen. Tambudzani Mohadi
Hon. Sen. Elias Mudzuri
Hon. Sen. Sydney Sekeramayi
Hon. Sen. Sikelela Gumbo
Hon. Mathew Nyashanu
Hon. Marian Chombo
Hon. Innocent Gonese
Hon. Spiwe Mukunyaidze.
Hon. Mthuli Ncube- Minister of Finance
Hon. Oppah Muchinguri- Kashiri -Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs
Hon. Ziyambi Ziyambi- Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and Leader of Government Business
Hon. Dr. Jorum Gumbo- Minister of Energy and Power Development
Hon. Sen Perence Shiri- Minister of Agriculture
Functions and Operations of the SROC
The Committees which operate in the Parliament of Zimbabwe can be divided into two broad categories namely the Administrative Committees and the Watchdog or Oversight Committees. The SROC falls under the Administrative committees. These are committees which are set up to deal with matters relating to the administration of Parliament. Its membership is drawn from both Houses.
According to Section 151 (1) of the Constitution, Parliament must appoint a committee to be known as the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders for the purpose of—
(a) supervising the administration of Parliament;
(b) formulating Standing Orders;
(c) considering and deciding all matters concerning Parliament; and
(d) exercising any other functions that may be conferred or imposed on the committee by this Constitution or by Standing Orders or any other law.
(2) The Committee on Standing Rules and Orders must consist of the Speaker and the President of the Senate and the following Members of Parliament—
(a) the Deputy Speaker;
(b) the Deputy President of the Senate;
(c) the Minister responsible for finance and two other Ministers appointed by the President; (d) the Leader of Government Business in each House;
(e) the Leader of the Opposition in each House;
(f) the chief whips of all the political parties represented in each House;
(g) the President of the National Council of Chiefs;
(h) two Members who are not Ministers or Deputy Ministers, one being a Senator appointed to the committee by the President of the Senate and one being a Member of the National Assembly appointed by the Speaker; and
(i) eight Members who are not Ministers or Deputy Ministers, four being elected to the committee by the Senate and four being elected by the National Assembly.
(3) Members must be appointed or elected to the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders as soon as possible after the beginning of the first session of each Parliament, and they must be selected so that the committee reflects as nearly as possible the political and gender composition of the combined Houses of Parliament.
(4) The Committee on Standing Rules and Orders is appointed for the life of each Parliament.
(5) The Committee on Standing Rules and Orders is chaired by the Speaker or, in his or her absence, by the President of the Senate.
(6) The procedure to be followed by the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders must be prescribed in Standing Orders.
(7) Whenever a vacancy occurs in the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders a Member must be elected or appointed, as the case may be, as soon as possible to fill the vacancy