Committees of Council and Their Functions

The following are the standing committees of Council appointed in terms of Sections 96, 97 and 210 of the Urban Councils Act (Chapter 29:15) and the number of members of each Committee is determined by the full Council when it appoints members to Committees.

Human Resources and General Purposes Committee

Finance and Development Committee

Environmental Management Committee

Education, Health, Housing and Community Services and Licensing Committee

Audit Committee

Business committee

Information and Publicity Committee

Informal Sector Committee

Procedure at Meetings of Council and its Committees

The Harare (Proceedings of the Council) By-laws, 1973 guides the conduct of the meetings of Council and its Committees.

In terms of Section 87, of the Urban Councils Act (Chapter 29:15) all meetings of the Council are open to the public and the press. Committee meetings are not open to the public and press.

Terms of Reference of Committees

Sections 96, 97 and 210 of the Urban Councils Act (Chapter 29:15) stipulates the terms of Reference for some Committees or Council. The detailed terms of reference are in the standing resolutions of council, parts 1 and 2. Under no circumstances shall a Committee pass a resolution on a matter that falls outside its terms of reference. 

Venue of Committee and Council Meetings

Every meeting of Council or its Committees shall be held in the Council Chamber at Town House, Harare. However, if circumstances demand, such meetings may be held at any place under the jurisdiction of the Council by resolution.

Joint Meetings of Two or More Committees

In terms of Section 36 (1) of the Harare (Proceedings of the Council) By-Laws 1973, two or more Committees shall, if Council resolves, or by agreement of the Committees concerned or if the Chairpersons of such Committees agree, hold one or more joint Meetings to consider or recommend to the Full Council on matters of joint interest to such Committees.

Such Committees, when acting jointly, may exercise any of the powers any one of them is empowered to exercise.

Minutes of Meetings of The Council and its Committees

In terms of Section 88 of the Urban Councils Act (Chapter 29:15), the Chamber Secretary shall keep or cause to be kept, Minutes in English, of all proceedings of the Council and its Committees, posted in minute books  maintained for such purpose.