Jessie F. Majome | Harare West Member of Parliament

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WORLD DAY AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY

Dear Harare Westerners and friends

WORLD DAY AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY

Today (10 October) I will be a panelist on a round table discussion on the Death Penalty during the World Day Against the Death Penalty at the Theatre in the Park. This discussion will be broadcast live on Star FM 89.7 from 3.30pm. Please click here to tune in http://starfm.co.zw/ . My fellow panelists will be Hon. Fortune Chasi Snr, Adv. Fadzayi Mahere, Mr. Elasto Mugwadi and Rev. Dr. Sebastian Bakare.

As a human rights activist I abhor the death penalty, and as a lawyer I find it unjustifiable and irrational as it is neither deters killing nor rehabilitates nor integrates the perpetrator. Our new Constitution in Section 48 - Right to Life outlawed the death penalty and provided that if Parliament ever decided to install it, it would restricted only to men between 21 -69 years who commit murder in aggravating circumstances.

In the National Assembly I lobbied for the removal Clause 15 of the then Criminal Procedure and Evidence Amendment Bill which permitted law enforcement agents to use of lethal force on persons resisting arrest, contravening Section 48(2).

The death penalty is barbaric and must go, just a few more pushes and it falls off the edge of our law books!

Your MP

 
PARLIAMENT COMMITTEE MEETINGS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC THIS WEEK

Dear Harare Westerners

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PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE MEETINGS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Parliamentof Zimbabwe exercises its oversight of all organs of the Executive arm of government, including those at provincial and local government levels, mainly through Parliamentary Committees which monitor government policy and programmes to ensure efficient use of finite and scarce national resources.

Please find below the schedule of meetings which are open to the public. You can alslo make you submissions to committees by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 04700181.

Tuesday 10th May at 10 am

Portfolio Committee: Local Government, Rural and Urban Development
Oral evidence from the Public Policy Research Institute on the Petition regarding the Alignment of Local Government Laws.
Venue: National Assembly chamber 
Chairperson: Hon Zindi 
Clerk: Ms Macheza

Portfolio Committee: Foreign Affairs
Oral evidence from Permanent Secretary for Industry and Commerce on trade policies meant to promote the Ease of Doing Business in Zimbabwe
Venue: Committee Room No. 3
Chairperson: Hon Paradza
Clerk: Mr Manhivi

Thematic Committee: SDGs [Sustainable Development Goals]
Oral evidence from the Ministry of Health and Child Care on SDG 3 [“Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”]
Venue: Government Caucus Room
Chairperson: Hon Chief Mtshane
Clerk: Mrs Mataruka

Wednesday 11th May at 9.00 am

Thematic Committee: Human Rights
Oral evidence from the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Welfare on the distribution of food aid in Zimbabwe
Venue: Committee Room No. 4
Chairperson: Hon Nyambuya
Clerk: Mr Manhivi

Thursday 12th May at 9.30 am

Portfolio Committee: Education, Sport, Arts and Culture
Oral evidence from the ZIFA President on ZIFA’s achievements and challenges. 
Venue: Committee Room No. 311
Chairperson: Hon Khanye
Clerk: Mr Munjenge

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Parliament Committee Meetings Open to Public This Week

HARARE WEST PARLIAMENTARY INFORMATION SERVICE 1/14/03/16

OPEN SESSION PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES THIS WEEK

Dear Harare Westerners

Parliament exercises its oversight of all organs of the Executive arm of government, including those at provincial and local government levels, mainly through Parliamentary Portfolio (National Assembly) and Thematic (Senate) committees which monitor government policy and programmes to ensure efficient use of finite and scarce national resources. Individual MPs can also exercise oversight by asking questions to the relevant Minister during Question and Answer Time in Parliament or by moving a motion that requires a response from the Minister in the area of interest.

Please find below the schedule of open session meetings of Portfolio and Thematic committees of Parliamentof Zimbabwe. Open session meetings are open to the public and I encourage you to attend these committee meetings. You can also make submissions to committees by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 04700181.

Monday 14th March at 10 am

1. Portfolio Committee: Transport and Infrastructure Development
Oral evidence from the Permanent Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure Development
Venue: Committee Room No. 1
Chairperson: Hon Nduna
Clerk: Ms Macheza

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My International Women's Day National Assembly Speech

Dear Harare Westerners

Happy International Women's Day!

Please find below my speech on Hon. Misihairabwi-Mushonga's motion on the Unlawful Practice of Child Marriages, which I seconded in the National Assembly on International Women's Day - Tuesday 8 March 2016. An excerpt from Hansard 8 March 2016 Vol 42, No 41 http://www.parlzim.gov.zw/national-assembly-votes-list/national-assembly-votes-08-march-2016-no-41

MOTION

TAKING NOTE of the rampant unlawful practice of child marriages in Zimbabwe

FURTHER Taking Note of the harmful effect of child marriages in Zimbabwe and other related customary practices such as the pledging of children.

ACKNOWLEDGING the abolishment of child marriages by the Constitutional Court in the landmark ruling of Loveness Mudzuru, and Ruvimbo Tsopodzi vs the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and others judgment, CCZ12/ 2015

ACKNOWLEDGING and expressing indebtedness to the Constitutional Court for the bold and long overdue decision.

FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGING and expressing indebtedness to the young women Loveness Mudzuru and Ruvimbo Tsopodzi who brought the application.

EXPRESSING sadness at the indifference and failure of the Government, to actualize, Section 81 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe which promotes the right of children

NOW THEREFORE, this Honorable House resolves as follows;

  • That a promotion of gratitude and indebtedness be and hereby made in favour of the two young women Loveness Mudzuru and Ruvimbo Tsopodzi who brought and made the constitutional application;

     

That Government moves quickly to:

 

  • Amend the Marriages Act, Customary Marriages Act; Criminal Codification Act and Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act, such that child marriages are criminalized and the age of sexual consent be 18 years;

     

  • Review the Children’s Act to ensure that the rights enshrined in the Constitution are apparent.

  • That Government, civic society and the church, adopt and implement a systematic program of education around issues of child marriages, sexual abuse and patriarchy in Zimbabwe.

 

MY SPEECH

"Let me begin by wishing you a happy International Women’s Day. I also extend and wishes to all the Hon. Members of Parliament that are in here as well as those from the media and the visitors who are here today. I am doing this because today is the International Women’s Day. It is a good day for absolutely everyone for men, women, boys and girls.

 

I want to thank Hon. Misihairabwi-Mushonga for moving this very important motion. The motion will see us congratulating two very gallant Zimbabwean daughters, that is Ruvimbo Mutopodzi and Loveness Mudzuru who were bold enough to take their rights into their own hands and go to the highest court in the land, the Constitutional court. They vindicated their rights as children but also their rights as women and citizens, so that the Constitutional Court gets an opportunity as it did to interpret the legal position in Zimbabwe as far as child marriages are concerned.

 

Mr. Speaker Sir, allow me to also roundly commend our Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe for stepping up to the plate and indeed, doing exactly what it is meant to do, that is actually showing the Constitutional light for us in Zimbabwe. Also, making a clear signal to say that child marriages in Zimbabwe are not permitted by law and they are not at all allowed and they shall not be done. I indeed salute our Constitutional Court.

 

In supporting this motion, I have very few words because I am indeed taken over by excitement and joy. I want to be able to continue to celebrate International Women’s Day. However, I will indeed say that in supporting this motion Mr. Speaker Sir, I want to draw the attention of the Hon. Members of this august House to something that this same august House did in the year 2006. This august House passed something called The Domestic Violence Act which was a ground breaking, I do not want to say earth-shattering, but it was a precedent setting enactment that was all over the world. I want to remind Hon. Members of this august House that Section 3 of the that Domestic Violence Act, that is still in force and that has not been repealed by this august House provides a definition for what it calls domestic violence, in that definition, it has a whole list of very nefarious acts that are a long list that include the usual that we think of when we think about domestic violence, which are reprehensible, such as, beating up people and depriving them of the economic welfare, et cetera.

 

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Parliament Committee Meetings Open to Public This Week

HARARE WEST PARLIAMENTARY INFORMATION SERVICE 1/07/03/16

OPEN SESSION PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES THIS WEEK

Dear Harare Westerners

Parliament exercises its oversight of all organs of the Executive arm of government, including those at provincial and local government levels, mainly through Parliamentary Portfolio (National Assembly) and Thematic (Senate) committees which monitor government policy and programmes to ensure efficient use of finite and scarce national resources. Individual MPs can also exercise oversight by asking questions to the relevant Minister during Question and Answer Time in Parliament or by moving a motion that requires a response from the Minister in the area of interest.

Please find below the schedule of open session meetings of Portfolio and Thematic committees of Parliamentof Zimbabwe. Open session meetings are open to the public and I encourage you to attend these committee meetings. You can also make submissions to committees by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 04700181.

Monday 7th March at 10 am

Public Accounts Committee
Oral evidence from the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs on the Appropriation and Fund Account for the year ended December 2014
Venue: Committee Room No. 4
Chairperson: Hon Mpariwa
Clerk: Mrs Nyawo

Portfolio Committee: Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology
Oral evidence from the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe on the introduction of the February intake
Venue: Committee Room No. 3
Chairperson: Hon Mataruse
Clerk: Mrs Hazvina

Monday 7th March at 2 pm

Portfolio Committee: Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare
Oral evidence from the Apex Council on the working conditions of civil servants
Venue: Committee Room No. 1
Chairperson: Hon Kwaramba
Clerk: Ms Masara

Portfolio Committee: Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services
Oral evidence from POTRAZ [the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe] on its operations
Venue: National Assembly chamber
Chairperson: Hon Chamisa
Clerk: Mr Munjenge

Tuesday 8th March at 9 am

Portfolio Committee: Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development
Oral evidence from the Ministry of Health and Child Care on contraceptives
Venue: Committee Room No. 4
Chairperson: Hon Nyamupinga
Clerk: Mr Kunzwa

Tuesday 8th March at 10 am

Portfolio Committee: Health and Child Care
Oral evidence from the Minister of Health and Child Care on the availability and performance of village health workers
Venue: Committee Room No. 1
Chairperson: Hon Labode
Clerk: Mrs Mafuruse

Portfolio Committee: Local Government, Rural and Urban Development
Oral evidence from the Minister of Rural Development, Preservation and Promotion of National Culture and Heritage
Venue: National Assembly chamber
Chairperson: Hon Zindi
Clerk: Ms Macheza

Wednesday 9th March at 10 am

Portfolio Committee: Industry and Commerce
Oral evidence from from the Permanent Secretary for Industry and Commerce on the implementation of the Consignment Based Conformity Assessment Programme through Bureau Veritas [Note: The relevant statutory instrument is available from Veritas in soft copy – use this link or see addresses at the end of this bulletin. It is the Control of Goods (Open General Import Licence) (Standards Assessment) Notice, published on 18th December in SI 132/2015,]
Venue: Senate Chamber
Chairperson: Hon Mhere
Clerk: Mr Mazani

Thursday 10th March at 9.30 am

Portfolio Committee: Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment
Oral evidence from Vubachikwe Mine on their level of compliance with the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment legislation
Venue: Senate Chamber
Chairperson: Hon Wadyajena
Clerk: Ms Zenda-Mudzvova

Thursday 10th March at 10 am

Portfolio Committee: Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development
Oral evidence from the Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development on the growth and development of SMEs in Zimbabwe
Venue: Committee Room No. 1
Chairperson: Hon Mangami
Clerk: Ms Masara

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My Justice Portfolio Committee report gets media coverage

Dear Harare Westerners

I am just glad the report of the Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Portfolio Committee which I chair finally got public attention. It's a pity other issues raised in report were not picked such as gvt adopting economy class travel for officials - the Magufuli way. The crash course manner in which we debate the budget together with the constricted media space in Zimbabwe keeps most critical issues raised by MPs in the debate hidden from the public. Please download and read the full report on this link https://www.scribd.com//Justice-Legal-and-Parliamentary-Af .

Please click here for the Newsday report https://www.newsday.co.zw/2016/01/04/zimbabwe-2018-elections-under-threat/

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HARARE WEST PARLIAMENTARY INFORMATION SERVICE 1/08/07/15

 
Harare West Parliamentary Information Service 1/24/06/15

Dear Harare Westerners

Yesterday I debated on the Gender Commission Bill after the two Committees of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development and the Thematic Committee on Gender gave a report of the Public Hearings on the Gender Commission Bill That were held from 26 April to 4 May 2015.

It is my hope that the recommendations raised at the public hearings are not ignored as other bills such as the Electoral Amendment and RBZ Debt Assumption Bill were passed without taking input from the public hearings. The Gender Commission must be independent of the Minister of Women Affairs and Gender (mind you there is no minister). In the bill's current state the Minister is responsible for the Commission, the Minister also has power to appoint a Chief Executive Officer to the Commission, yet the Commission must appoint its own Chief Executive Officer who is to be the accounting officer of the Commission. It is my hope that an independent and strengthened Commission will ensure that Section 17 of the Constitution is adhered to which requires that there be gender balance in all processes and in all offices of government.

The National Assembly will be sitting today at Parliament @2pm. Please click the following link for yesterday's Hansard http://www.parlzim.gov.zw//artic/30/23_June_2015_41-44.pdf

As tradition with each and every Wednesday in Parliamentof Zimbabwe there is the Question and Answer session where MPs ask government ministers questions with and without notice. MPs ask ministers about government policy, this is one of the ways Parliament exercises its oversight function by scrutinising the work of the executive government.

If attending today's National Assembly sitting please use the Kwame Nkrumah entrance between Sam Nujoma(2nd) and 3rd Street. Please note that I.D. will be required for one to gain entry into Parliament.

You can tune in to the Questions and Answer Session live on Spot FM on 92.8 MHz from 2pm-4pm. I have also delivered Hansards to Mabelreign District Office and Westlea Primary School where you can get a free copy.

Your MP

 
Public protector or public offender?

Dear Harare Westerners and friends


If Prosecutor General Tomana said this he must go! It would mean he either hasn't yet read, or doesn't understand or respect Sec 2 of the Constitution -its supremacy, Chapter 1 -founding values and principles of human rights including children's rights, Sec 81 on the rights of children and their best interests ie under 18s, sec 54 on equality & non discrimination.
The net effect of all these provisions is to repeal sec 2 of the Children's Act's definition of child from under 16s to become all under 18s, and repealing the notion of a 'young person' ( ie between 16 and 18 who could 'consent' to sex) and therefore repeal sec 70 of the Criminal Code ie sex with a young person. This means everyone who has sex with an under 18 girl is guilty of rape.
The PG is offside again! Recently he actually did the unthinkable act of filing an application in the Constitutional Court for an order to protect people he would have declined to prosecute, from private prosecution. Whose side is he on?
Not fit for that office if you ask me!


Your MP

 
HARARE WEST PARLIAMENTARY INFORMATION SERVICE 1/18/06/15

 
Senior MPs meet Child MPs

Dear Harare Westerners & Friends
I was happy to be invited, as the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs along other chairs like Hon. Ruth Labode the who chairs the Health Committee and those for Education and Youth, to a joint sitting with outgoing child MPs. We were commemorating the Day of the African Child by discussing and committing ourselves to measures to end child marriages in Zimbabwe.


I couldn't help but be embarassed that these young people know exactly what needs to be done to run this country properly and end child marriages, but we're letting them down by just not doing it in the Judiciary and the Executive, and to some extent the Legislature. My contribution was to the effect that the National Prosecuting Authority and the Judiciary must simply enforce Sections 81 and 78 of the Constitution which outlaw child marriages. Meanwhile from the Legislature end we will continue to push the Executive to bring to us Bills to align to this position. So far they haven't - the General Laws Amendment Bill doesn't.


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Jessie Fungayi Majome

 

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NAME : Fungayi Jessie Majome

DATE OF BIRTH : 20 December 1971

PLACE OF BIRTH : Harare Hospital, Zimbabwe

FAMILY : Mother of two boys

QUALIFICATIONS : Master of Laws [L.L.M.] University Of South Africa specializing in Human Rights Constitutional law, Development law, and Administrative Law; Masters' in Women Law [M.S.W.L.] University of Zimbabwe (U.Z); Post Grad. Dipl. In Women's Law [Dipl. W.L.] Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) [L.L.B.S.] U.Z.

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