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Public Consultations on the 2016 National Budget

The Portfolio Committee on Finance and Economic Planning will be holding public consultations round the country next week, starting on Monday 5th October and ending on Friday 9th October, to gather the views of the public and stakeholders on the 2016 National Budget.  Public views gathered during the consultations will form part of the Committee’s report to be tabled at Parliament’s Pre-Budget Seminar which will be held at Victoria Falls from 30th October to 3rd November.  This Seminar provides an opportunity for MPs to meet Ministers and their senior officials and for the Portfolio Committee contribute to and influence the process of budget formulation and prioritisation.

These public consultations therefore give organisations and members of the public an excellent opportunity to ensure the Portfolio Committee is aware of public opinion around the country on these matters.

The committee will divide into two teams for the hearings:

Team 1 will cover Mashonaland West, Harare, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East and Manicaland.

Team 2 will cover Midlands, Masvingo, Matabeleland South, Bulawayo and Matabeleland North

Team 1 – Programme

[Kariba, Karoi, Harare, Chitungwiza, Bindura, Glendale, Murewa, Zimunya, Marondera, Mutare]

Monday 5th October 

9.00 am to 11.00 am                      Kariba

Pat McLean Hall, Kariba Heights

2.00 pm to 4.00 pm                        Karoi

Chikangwe Hall

Tuesday 6th October

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9.00 am to 12.00 pm                      Harare

Crowne Plaza Hotel

2.00 pm to 4.00 pm                        Chitungwiza

Unit L Community Hall

Wednesday 7th October

9.00 am to 11.00 am                      Bindura

Tendai Hall (Chipadze)

2.00 pm to 4 .00 pm                       Glendale

Tsungubvi Hall

Thursday 8th October

9.00 am to 11.00 am                      Murewa

Chibanguza Hotel

2.00 pm to 4.00 pm                        Marondera

Hope / Fay Hotel and Conference Centre

Friday 9th October

9.00 am to 11.00 am                      Zimunya

22 Miles Hall (Chinyauhera)

2.00 pm to 4.00 pm                        Mutare

Sakubva Beit Hall

Team 2 – Programme

[Masvingo, Chivi, Beitbridge, Gwanda, Bulawayo, Tsholotsho, Victoria Falls, Kwekwe]

Monday 5th October

9.00 am to 11.00 am                      Masvingo

Mucheke Hall

2.00 pm to 4.00 pm                        Chivi

Chivi Shed

Tuesday 6th October

9.00 am to 12.00 pm                      Beitbridge

Purple Heart

2.00 pm to 4.00 pm                        Gwanda

Gwanda Hotel

Wednesday 7th October

9.00 am to 11.00 am                      Bulawayo

Small City Hall

2.00 pm to 4.00 pm                        Tsholotsho

Better Schools

Thursday 8th October                 

9.00 am to 11.00 am                      Victoria Falls

Chinotimba Hall

Friday 9th October                       

11.00 am to 1.00 pm                      Kwekwe

Kwekwe Theatre

Attendance at the Public Consultations

The public, stakeholders, interested groups and organisations are invited by Parliament to attend the consultations, at which they will be given the opportunity to express their views on the 2016 National Budget.  Contributions made will be considered by the committee and will be part of the committee’s report to be tabled at the Pre-Budget Seminar.

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If you want to make oral representations at a hearing, signify this to the committee clerk beforehand, if possible, so that he can notify the chairperson to call on you.  An oral representation may be more effective if followed up in writing.  If you are providing a written copy, it is advisable to take as many copies as possible with you for circulation at the consultation.

Written Submissions

Written submissions and correspondence are also welcome and can be:

Sent by email – addressed to clerk@parlzim.gov.zw, and marked for attention: Portfolio Committee on Finance and Economic Development; or

Sent by post addressed to: The Clerk of Parliament, Attention: Portfolio Committee on Finance and Economic Development, P.O. Box CY298, Causeway, Harare; or

Delivered to Parliament at the Kwame Nkrumah Avenue entrance, addressed to: The Clerk of Parliament, Attention: Portfolio Committee on Finance and Economic Development

Queries

Queries about the public hearings can be addressed to the committee clerk, Mr C. Ratsakatika, telephone 700181-8 or 252936-50, extension 2050 or ratsakatikac@parlzim.gov.zw

Source: www.veritaszim.net

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