Speaker acts on forced adjournment, MPs to lose allowances

Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda has ruled that legislators who are forcing Parliament to adjourn early due to lack of quorum will start losing their sitting allowances going forward. Some legislators only come into the house for a few minutes so that their names can be marked in the attendance register then they …

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Lack of quorum forces Parly to adjourn again

Lack of quorum forced the National Assembly to adjourn again this week on Wednesday as legislators left the House before the business could be concluded. According to Standing Order number 56 (1), the quorum of the House must be 70 members and if there are less than 70 members the chair must cause bells to …

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Tsvangirai finally speaks in Parliament

Glenview South legislator Vincent Tsvangirai has finally broken his five-months silence in the National Assembly. VIDEO: FULL INTERVIEW WITH VINCENT TSVANGIRAI Tsvangirai who won the Glenview South seat through a by-election in September last year is one of the sons of the late MDC founding president Morgan Tsvangirai and is currently the youngest legislator in …

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Biti, Chikwinya escape Parly punishment due to poor audio system

Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda said Harare East legislator Tendai Biti and Mbizo legislator Settlement Chikwinya will not be punished for allegedly making inflammatory statements in the House due to poor audio evidence. Honourable Biti is alleged to have insulted Umzingwane legislator Levi Mayihlome while Honourable Chikwinya was accused of saying that Vice …

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DOWNLOAD: Standing Orders and Rules of Parliament

Preamble WHEREaS section 139 of Constitution provides that— “139 (1) The proceedings of the Senate and the National Assembly are regulated by rules known as Standing Orders which are made by the Houses individually or jointly on the recommendations of the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders. (2) Standing Orders may provide for— (a) the passing of Bills; (b) the appointment …

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MPs abscond Parliament to drink beer

Buhera South legislator Joseph Chinotimba has told Parliament that most legislators are absconding House business to go and drink beer in the Members Bar. Parliament has a Members Bar for legislators at its premises, where it is alleged that beer and all other types of alcoholic beverages are sold at subsidised prices to the legislators. …

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Stop acting on rumours, it tarnishes peoples reputations, Parliament told

Legislators have called on Parliament of Zimbabwe to desist from acting on rumours and newspaper headlines following the crumbling of a suspected case of corruption that involved four legislators Temba Mliswa (Norton), Prince Dubeko Sibanda (Binga North), Anele Ndebele (Magwegwe) and Leonard Chikomba Gokwe-Kabuyuni. The quartet was accused of soliciting for a $400 000 bribe …

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Our tablets have no sim-card slots, how do we use them: MP

Kadoma Central legislator Muchineripi Chinyanganya has asked Parliament to explain how they are supposed to use their new Samsung tablets adding that they have no sim-card slots. Legislators received (Samsung) ICT-tablets a few weeks ago in a move meant to reduce printing costs for Parliament, however, the legislators appear to be having a torrid time …

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We are used to I-phones, teach us to use Samsung, says MPs

Legislators have asked Parliament to make an arrangement for them to be taught on how to use Samsung tablets, adding that they are used to I-phones. The tablets are part of a long list of luxury demands that legislators have made to the government in the past years. Speaking in the National Assembly, Norton legislator …

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Sorry Mr Biti, I will not remove SI 142, says Mthuli

By Nkanyiso Ncube Harare East legislator Tendai Biti yesterday called on Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube to repeal SI 142, of 2019 saying the attempt to de-dollarise has failed. Speaking in the National Assembly during question and answer segment Biti said conditions for de-dollarisation did not exist adding that government’s strategy to make …

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