SAPST Briefs Pan African Parliament

On Thursday 25 February 2016, SAPST broke new ground as it engaged the Pan African Parliament Committees on possible areas of technical support and cooperation. SAPST officials, John Makamure (Executive Director) and Henry Ndlovu (Senior Communications Programme Officer) briefed the Pan African Parliament (PAP) Sub-Comm

Workshop Report on Chapter 14 of The Constitution Petition

Introduction
In line with one of its key objectives of assisting CSOs to engage with policy-makers on issues of public interest, SAPST entered into collaboration with the Bulawayo-based Public Policy Research Institute of Zimbabwe (PRIZ) regarding the non-implementation of Chapter 14 of the Constitution.  PRIZ was identified as the

People in Bulawayo Condemn the Public Debt Management Bill

On Thursday 18 June 2015, people in Bulawayo condemned the Public Debt Management Bill. They expressed their sentiments at a public hearing held in the Small City Hall. The public hearing was being conducted by the parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Budget, Finance and Economic Development in terms of Section 141 of the Constitution which requires Parliamen

Chisumbanje Villagers Voice Grievances on the Green Fuel Project

In a super-charged public hearing on 11 July 2014 the Chisumbanje community members, numbering close to a 1000 people condemned Green Fuel for unfulfilled promises. The public hearing had been organized by the Portfolio Committee on Youth, Indigenization and Economic Empowerment with the main aim of verifying the existence of community projects that G

SAPST Facilitates Public Hearings for the Justice Committee

The Portfolio Committee on Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs consulted the public on the Electoral Amendment Bill (S.B. 7 - 2013) as obligated by Section 141 of the Constitution. The public hearings were conducted in Rushinga, Inyathi, Plumtree, Bulawayo, Nyika Growth Point and Mutasa District, on 2 – 7 May 2014, thanks to support from SAPST. While

SAPST Staffers Attend PSAM’s Social Accountability Monitoring Course

Henry Ndlovu and Esther Chimanikire attended a training course on the Fundamentals of Social Accountability Monitoring on 17 – 28 March 2014 at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, in South Africa. The course is offered under the auspices of the Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM), a unit within the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University.

Through its Regional Learning Programme, PS

Strengthening Regional Parliamentary Budget Oversight

In an endeavour to strengthen the role of regional parliaments in the budget process as well as hold the executive to account on public finance management, the Economic Affairs Programme has been extended to regional parliaments. To date, 9 SADC Countries (Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe) are now part of the SADC Association of Parliamentary Budget Committ

Parliamentary Budget Committee Embarks on Public Hearings for the 2012 National Budget

On 5 October 2011, the Minister of Finance presented to Parliament the Budget Strategy Paper (BSP) that provides the macroeconomic framework guiding the 2012 Budget. The BSP also provided indicative spending ceilings for 2013 and 2014. Government has pledged to use the BSP as a framework for engagement with all key stakeholders in the country (private sector, development partners, and civil society, etc), during t

Portfolio Committee on Mines, Energy and Power Development Visiting Chiadzwa Diamond Mining Fields.

The Portfolio Committee on Mines, Energy and Power Development will be conducting a fact-finding visit to Chiadzwa Diamond Mining Fields as well as public hearings in the affected communities as part of its oversight function, starting on Wednesday 28 March 2012. The main objective of the visit to Chiadzwa Diamond Mining Fields is for the Committee to assess for itself progress on the ground and to hear views of t

2012 Budget Framework Sets The Tone For 2012, 2013, 2014 Fiscal Planning In Zimbabwe

Introduction & Background
Following the presentation of the Mid Year Fiscal Policy Review Statement (MYFPRS) by the Honourable Tendai Biti, Minsiter of Finance on 26th July, 2011 we featured an analytical piece on the 10th August, 2011 and noted some positive developments on the country’s fiscal planning radar. We applauded the Ministe

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Speaker of Parliament Meets Civil Society in Bulawayo

The Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Advocate Jacob Francis Mudenda, met civil society organizations (CSOs), media practitioners and members of the business community in Bulawayo on Thursday 19 May 2016. A total number of 147 participants attended the Speaker’s Public Dialogue Forum; 49 female and 98 male participants repres...

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