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SAPST Breaking New Ground in the SADC Region on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights The Board of Trustees of the Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust (SAPST), at its inception in 2007, set its sights on a regional foothold for the organisation to ensure that its successes at home would cascade into the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

GOVERNMENT’s attempts to amend the Constitution through Constitutional Amendment (No.1) Bill to enable the President to appoint a new Chief Justice (CJ), is faced with a setback, with residents in most parts of the country, rejecting the move, saying it is too early to tamper with the governance charter adopted in 2013.

The Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust commemorates a milestone achievement in provision of technical and financial support to the Parliaments of Southern Africa in their core functions of executive oversight, law-making and representation.

AS SAPST commemorates a milestone achievement in provision of technical and financial support to the Parliaments of Southern Africa in their core functions of executive oversight, law-making and representation, the NewsDay (ND) caught up with the organisation’s director John Makamure (JM) to shed light on their operations.

Women MP’s: “We now know the issues affecting women at the grassroots and are now bringing all these issues into Parliament.”

Rural Women: “As women in rural areas we now have confidence to dialogue with policy makers on issues affecting us, we realise that we too have the capacity to influence policy in Zimbabwe.

The Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust (SAPST) in partnership with Zimbabwe Institute (ZI) and the Parliament of Zimbabwe facilitated a workshop in Bulawayo on the petition on electoral reforms submitted by the ERC and 14 other civil society organisations in September 2015.

On Friday, February 26, 2016, SAPST hosted the Speaker’s Dialogue Forum where the Speaker of the Parliament of Zimbabwe, Hon. Advocate Jacob Francis Mudenda, met representatives from the media fratenity at Parliament building.

On Friday, October 23, 2015, SAPST hosted the inaugural Speaker’s Dialogue Forum where the Speake of the Parliament of Zimbabwe, Hon. Advocate Jacob Francis Mudenda, met representatives from various Civil Society at Parliament building.

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.

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.

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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.

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 European Union Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Phillipe Van Damme, launched a programme to "promote public involvement in parliamentary business" on Friday 8 May 2015 at the Rainbow Towers Hotel among other two programmes.

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Pursuant to the provisions of Section 141 of the Constitution, the Portfolio Committee on Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development and the Thematic Committee on Gender Development jointly conducted public hearings on the Zimbabwe Gender Commission Bill currently before Parliament.

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The Portfolio Committee on Youth, Indigenization and Economic Empowerment visited the Ethanol Project in Chisumbanje on 11 July 2014 with the main aim of verifying the existence of community projects that Green Fuel alleged to have initiated for the community.


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