HARARE – Zimbabwe’s hung parliament, which is likely to sit for the last time till elections are held later in the year, has resumed business with meetings of thematic and portfolio committees starting May 6th 2013, with only one sitting open to the public.
The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology is expected to hear oral evidence from the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education on the financing and infrastructural development of public universities. Members of the public can attend but only as observers.
Zimbabwe, ranked by the United Nations as having the highest literacy rate in Africa, has at least one public university in almost all of its eight geographical provinces.
The current Zimbabwean Parliament, which is dominated by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T and President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU (PF), is expected to wind up business on June 30, 2013 at the expiry of the 5-year-old government of national unity (GNU). Parliamentary and Presidential elections are expected to follow soon after.