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PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS ON THE 2018 NATIONAL BUDGET

It is that time of the year again when Parliament engages the public to get their views on the ensuing year’s budget. The consultations are meant to provide the citizens of this country an opportunity to say what they feel should be the priorities for the following year’s budget. The consultations are a feature that Parliament introduced as part of the reforms meant to involve the public in issues that affect them. The practice has since been codified in the Constitution in Section 141 and the Public Finance Management Act Section 28 (5).

I know for a lot of citizens the question is whether their views are seriously taken into account. My answer is an emphatic yes. Perhaps let me indicate that like in all consultations the Portfolio Committees will receive a lot of input from the public. Some of the input will definitely be contradictory depending on who is making the submissions. This is as it should be as there are various interests amongst the participants at the hearings. The Committees will then sift through all the submissions and make recommendations to the Minister of Finance and Economic Development at the Pre-Budget Seminar held well in advance of Budget presentation. In my Blog article dated 28 February I went to great lengths to show how Parliament, through its Committees, had managed to influence the 2017 Budget. Indeed, all this was all down to the extensive consultations that had been carried out by the various Committees of Parliament.

It is in this vein that we are once again appealing to the citizens of Zimbabwe to have their voices heard in the 2018 Budget. Below I attach the schedule of the Public Hearings by the Portfolio Committee on Finance and Economic Development.

PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS

2018 NATIONAL BUDGET CONSULTATIONS BY THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON FINANCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Team A

Date

Place

Venue

Time of Public Hearing

2 October 2017

Kariba

Chinhoyi

Nyaminyami RDC Boardroom, Siakobvu

 

Cooksey Memorial Hall

0900hrs

1400hrs

3 October 2017

Bindura

Mt Darwin

HALA Africa Hotel

Mt Darwin Sports Club

0900hrs

1400hrs

4 October 2017

Harare

Chivhu

Holiday Inn Hotel

Chivhu Jubilee Hall

0900hrs

1400hrs

5 October 2017

Marondera

Hope/Fay Hotel and Conference Centre

0900hrs

6 October 2017

Nyanga

Mutare

Nyanga Rural District Council Offices

Mutare Holiday Inn Hotel

0900hrs

1400hrs

Team B

Date

Place

Venue

Time of Public Hearing

2 October 2017

Gweru

Zvishavane

Fairmile Hotel

Zvishavane Council Offices

0900hrs

1400hrs

3 October 2017

Gutu

Masvingo

Gutu Council Offices

Flamboyant Hotel

0900hrs

1400hrs

4 October 2017

Beitbridge

Gwanda

Peter’s Motel

Gwanda Hotel

0900hrs

1400hrs

5 October 2017

Bulawayo

Lupane

Holiday Inn Hotel

Lupane Council Hall

0900hrs

1400hrs

6 October 2017

Victoria Falls

Chinotimba Hall

0900hrs

 

ALL THOSE WHO WILL BE PUTTING ON MILITARY UNIFORMS, SIGNS OF RANKS, FLAGS OR BADGES AND POLITICAL PARTY REGALIA WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE PUBLIC HEARING.

 

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

The Clerk of Parliament

Attention: Portfolio Committee on Finance and Economic Development

P.O. Box CY 298

Causeway

Harare

 

Submissions can also be made by email through email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Christian Ratsakatika / Mrs N. Khumalo (Committee Clerks) Ext. 2050

Linda Tanyaradzwa Manyemba / Maguire Mike Godzongere (Public Relations Officers)

Fax: (04)252935

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