Here is how Parliament gathers its evidence

Parliamentary Evidence Gathering Parliament gathers the information necessary for the execution of its constitutional mandate through its various Committees. Parliamentary Committees use various methods to gather information including public hearings, commissioned research, oral evidence and fact-finding visits. The method used depends on the nature of the issues being investigated. However, once the information is collected, …

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Clean up campaigns: A case of biting our own tails

Opinion By Anonymous It’s the usual new brooms, clean white dust coats, and black trash bags. A neatly dressed pack donning different regalia, from sun-hats to t-shirts also printed with emblems of a certain company or organization that wants to be identified as doing some good and supporting the ‘national event’. Various government departments ditch …

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Understanding the Parliamentary Budget Process

The Budget Process Parliamentary budget oversight is at the heart of Executive oversight. Strong Parliamentary budget oversight is one of the mechanisms to promote a socially accountable governance system. Importance of the Budget The budget governs the allocation of scarce resources. A budget is a plan for acquiring resources (revenue) and how these resources will …

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Public Protector: New dawn or jobs for the boys?

By Joel Mandaza If proposed constitutionals amendments sail, Zimbabwe will have a Public Protector. This is an office meant to ensure government respects the constitution and acts within the law. In other countries, they are known as the ombudsman. This office, proposed in Section 243 of the Zimbabwean Constitution will be like an Ombudsman, creating …

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Army should be part of the dialogue says Chamisa

By Marshall Bwanya MDC leader Nelson Chamisa says the country’s military must be included in the political dialogue as a way of addressing concerns and allaying their fears. The military which ousted former President Robert Mugabe through Operation Restore Legacy in November 2017 is believed to be holding the most important key to the country’s …

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Non-Performing MDC MPs Face Axe

Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Nelson Chamisa has threatened to weed out non-performing Members of Parliament in a bid to groom leaders that are pro-people. This emerged at a meeting in Mbare where scores of party supporters gathered to listen to Chamisa’s State of the Nation (SONA) and 2020 Agenda address. “We are …

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Command Agriculture: Parliament should keep eyes on the ball

By Joel Mandaza One of the biggest victories for Parliament last year was how it exposed the government`s Command Agriculture as an opaque resource looting scheme thinly veiled as a food security strategy. The fact that as much as US$3billion was looted through the scheme came to public knowledge when the Tendai Biti led Public Accounts Committee conducted …

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Mashurugwi a terror group that started small but was ignored

By Takunda Mandura Criminal gangs often start small and spread like veld fire. Both Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria and Joaquin Archivaldo Guzma`n Loera (El Chapo) started as small drug traffickers and ended up being international drug lords who caused havoc in Colombia, Mexico and other parts of the world. Hardly a week would pass by …

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Zimbabwe-China currency swap deal worse than colonisation says Mashakada

By Chris Martin Hatfield legislator and economist Tapiwa Mashakada has castigated the proposed currency swap deal between Zimbabwe and China adding that the move will only serve to give the Asian country more power. The deal was announced by Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube a few days ago. However, in an interview, Mashakada …

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