4 October 2020
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Hon. Daniel Molokele


All is now set for the nationwide roll out of the public hearings focusing on the Manpower Planning and Development Amendment Bill that was gazetted in August 2020.

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development, will facilitate the hosting of the public hearings that will be held in ten cities in each of the country’s ten provinces. 

The Parliamentary Committee

Below is the itinerary or summary of the details for all the ten meetings:

1. Monday 5th October 2020 from 11am till 1pm at the Lwendulu Hall at Whange for Matabeleland North province

2. Tuesday 6th October 2020 at 10am till 12 noon at the Selbourne Hotel for the Bulawayo province

3. Wednesday 7th October 2020 at 10am till 12 noon at the Gwanda Hotel for the Matabeleland South province

4. Thursday 8th October 2020 at 10am till 12 noon at Civic Centre Hall in Masvingo for the Masvingo province.

5. Friday 9th October 2020 at 11am till 1pm at the KweKwe Theatre in Kwekwe for the Midlands province

6. Monday 12th October 2020 at 10am till 12 noon at the Queen’s Hall Civic Centre in Mutare for the Manicaland province

7. Tuesday 13th October 2020 at 10am till 12 noon at the Dombotombo Hall in Marondera for the Mashonaland East province

8. Wednesday 14th October 2020 at 10am till 12 noon at the Cooksey Hall in Chinhoyi for the Mashonaland West province

9. Thursday 15th October 2020 at 10am till 12 noon at the Tendai Hall in Bindura for the Mashonaland Central province

10. Friday 16th October 2020 at 10am tìll 12 noon at the New Ambassador Hotel for the Harare province.

The Chairman of the Portfolio Committee is Hon. Daniel Molokele (MP for Whange Central Constituency)

The enactment of the new Constitution in 2013 necessitated that all the other pieces of legislation that were enacted before 2013 be aligned with the provisions of the new Constitution.

Among the plethora of pieces of legislation that had to be urgently aligned with the supreme law included the Manpower Development and Planning Act (Chapter 28:02).

The Amendment to the Act which was published in the Government Gazette on the 14th of August 2020, seeks, primarily to align the Act with the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

The Bill also endeavours to establish the Tertiary Education Service; a body-corporate for persons employed in tertiary institutions.

In the final analysis, the Bill seeks to ensure widespread, rapid, sustainable development of Zimbabwe by spelling out plausible measures to ensure the attainment of the National Development goals espoused in Section 13 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

In summary, the amendment to the Act could be a positive step towards the systematic reconfiguration of Zimbabwe’s human capital base.

The essence is to equip Zimbabwe’s human capital with the relevant skills and knowledge that allows it to respond to fast-paced and dynamic modern

The Portfolio Committee is aware of the adverse effects of the restrictive nature of the COVID-19 related regulations, as such it will be encouraging all concerned citizens of Zimbabwe to make some virtual submissions related to the Bill.

The first online live session will be held on Tuesday 6th October 2020 from 2pm till 4pm using the Zoom and Facebook virtual platforms

While the second online live session will be held on Monday 19th October 2020 from 10am till 12 noon. It will also be on both Zoom and Facebook.