PVO Amendment Bill hearings set to commence

Government has officially announced the dates for public hearings on the Private Voluntary Organisations (PVO) Amendment Bill (H.B.10,2021) which will be held in various provinces around the country.

The public hearings for the bill which was gazetted last year, will run from February 28 to March 4 2022.

In a statement, the Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare invited members of the public, interested groups and organisations to attend the public hearings.

“The public, interested groups and organisations are invited to attend these public hearings and written submissions and correspondences are also welcome. All those who will be wearing military uniforms, signs of ranks, flags or badges and political party regalia will not have access to the public hearing,” read the statement.

The first team will be conducting the public hearings in Highfield Suburb, Rusape, Gutu, Mtoko, Chinhoyi and Kariba whilst the second team will conduct the public hearings in Guruve, Zhombe, Bulawayo, Gwanda, Beitbridge, Tsholotsho and Jotsholo.

The United Nations expressed concern over the Bill when it was announced last year which was seen as a move by government to clampdown on civil society organisations.

Critics have concluded that the amendment bill is bad for Zimbabwe as its provisions will impact negatively on operations of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) particularly those that advocate for human rights in the country.

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