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PVO Bill Passes Second Reading Without Objection As CCC MPs Skip Parliament Sessions

PVO Bill Passes Second Reading Without Objection As CCC MPs Skip Parliament Sessions

The Private Voluntary Organisations (PVOs) Amendment Bill passed the second reading without any objections as opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) legislators skipped Parliament sessions.

It has emerged that when the PVOs Amendment Bill’s second reading began in the National Assembly, only Prosper Mutseyami, MP for Dangamvura Chikanga and Judith Tobaiwa, legislator for Kwekwe Central, were physically present in the house from the CCC party.

When asked why opposition members from his party failed to physically attend the parliamentary session in which the PVOs Bill was set to be read for the second time, CCC chief whip Prosper Mutseyami said:

We were not aware that the Bill was going to be read for the second time on Tuesday, hence most (17) of our members attended Honourable Job Sikhalis bail hearing.

Our party’s legislators did not receive the regular email that we usually receive with the order paper. Maybe it was due to network glitches at Parliament.

Apart from that, the meetings in which chief whips sit down and determine Parliament’s business haven’t been done ever since I came back to Parliament and was appointed as CCC’s chief whip, so we were caught off-guard.

Members of the public that evening criticised the ruling ZANU PF for “ambushing” CCC legislators and fast-tracking the second reading of the Bill in the National Assembly.

The second reading of the PVOs Bill was, however, placed fifth on Parliament’s order paper which all law-makers have access to.

Clerk of Parliament Kennedy Chokuda dismissed Mutseyami’s claim, insisting that the order paper for the day in question was sent to legislators and also uploaded to Parliament’s website on time. 

In March this year, prominent economist Prosper Chitambara warned that the PVO Bill will hit the economy hard. He said NGOs were anti-corruption watchdogs, hence disruptions of their activities would fuel graft.

He added that the contribution by NGOs to tax revenues ranged from US$4 000 to US$35 000 per month depending on the size of the NGO. 

The Bill amends the PVO Act and the government says it will curb money laundering and PVOs participation in politics. It proposes harsh penalties, including jail time of up to one year for perceived offences.

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15 Comments

g 1 month ago

zvimutemo zvakadhakwa tikubvisa next year


Maparamuro 1 month ago

So the court case was more important than the PVO bill, what a bunch of morons. They did the same with the interviews of zec commissioners. Useless morons.


Maparamuro 1 month ago

What's the use of having them in parliament then you moron if they can't make convincing arguments against the bill, remember this was just reading not voting you moron. They should have attended and present their arguments against the bill just for the record.
Did they influence the outcome of the court case? No. Some arguments are best kept to self than exhibit such foolishness on a public furum like this

@Maparamuro 1 month ago

You moron ⅔ Zanu vs almost ⅓CCC ndokuti kuvemo nekusavemo mu Parliament macho zvakafanana so thus why they choose to attend the court

Worzell Gummidge 1 month ago

The PVOs Amendment Bill has nothing to do with money laundering or participation of NGOs in politics. In actual fact NGOs must be political watchdogs who demand accountability from government. The Bill is a tool of suppression aimed at gagging NGOs from speaking against human rights abuses, electoral theft, corruption & bad governance. NGOs such as the CCJP documented Gukurahundi attrocities & helped the victims in many ways. In the Rural areas, NGOs feed starving Zanu Pf suporters without discrimination. Organisations like PLAN, GOAL & UNICEF send children to school, provide textbooks, provide clean water & oftentimes build classrooms. NGOs like the GLOBAL FUND, USAID, PSI, OPHID, OXFAM provide free ARVs, free Condoms, free antibiotics & free testing & counselling services to the hordes of whoring Zanu Pf supporters. Now Zanu Pf in order to avoid dcrutiny from electroral theft next year wants to suppress NGOs. Mugabe once refused to sign a similar bill. Now we have this Skilled Rebhara who cannot read his own name and whose Health Ministry depends heavily on support from NGOs conniving with the Alligator to do what Mugabe in his wisdom refused to do.


Muntuza 1 month ago

That is biting the hand that feeds them....let it go but on their way to Damascus they will see the light.

INTERESTED ONLOOKER 1 month ago

Vanhu veZANU mutemo yamuri kuisa ichakubatayi pamberi apo watch this space.


Maparamuro 1 month ago

So called parliamentarians bunking parliament to attend a court case where there presence has no influence on the outcome. Dunderheads for real


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 1 month ago

While it may appear like CCC Members of Parliament skipped Parliament session for no good reason, the Honourable members were justified to attend court session where Honourables Advocate Job Sikhala and Godfrey Sithole were appearing for bail hearing.

PVO bill was going to be read for the second time. The 19 CCC Members of Parliament would not have changed anything even if they had attended the session and contributed like possessed men and women because they are overwhelmingly fewer than ZANU PF Members of Parliament. Remember that MDC ALLIANCE Members of Parliament have already sold out in the formation of the bill.

[ IT WAS WORTHWHILE TO SYMPATHISE WITH HONOURABLES ADVOCATE JOB SIKHALA AND GODFREY SITHOLE ].

[ NGAAPINDE HAKE MUKOMANA CHAMISA ].

[ VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ].

Yours faithfully
William Sonboy CHINEMBIRI
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ].


Spantum 1 month ago

True, there presents in parliament was jus gud as nt attending

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@William Sonboy 1 month ago

true kuvemo nekusavemo zvazvakafanana so they choose havo koona sikhala


Zvazvanga zvingori 1 month ago

@Maparamuro,unenge wakazvarirwa mubhawa Mai riri hire,baba iri mbavha ukapembererwa nemasese,mhuno inenge yegudo.


Maparamuro 1 month ago

Iwe wakazvarirwa mu brothel kana baba hauvazive that's why you think those MPs represent your interests. Imboenda kuchikoro inodzoidza politics kuti unzwisise zvinoitwa when a bill is read in parliament mboko yemunhu

Kule Dhambi 1 month ago

Zvima Bill zvenyu zvekuoenga izvi zvinoitwa nevanhu vanozvimiririra kwete ma "net beggars" e level renyu iri. Hamudzidzi makaita seiko nhai vana idhii?


Onlooker 1 month ago

Ko uya wekuti pasi naChamisa ,aiti Chamisa ngauraiwe akazosungwawo here?



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