Parliament seeks to charge Obert Mpofu

By Daniel Chigundu Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy is expected to table a report in the National Assembly next week seeking authority to charge Minister of Home Affairs Obert Mpofu with contempt of Parliament for failing to appear before the committee. Minister Mpofu who was in charge of the mining portfolio when the country reportedly lost about US$15 billion worth of diamond revenue refused …

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Parliament seeks to charge Obert Mpofu

By Daniel Chigundu Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy is expected to table a report in the National Assembly next week seeking authority to charge Minister of Home Affairs Obert Mpofu with contempt of Parliament for failing to appear before the committee. Minister Mpofu who was in charge of the mining portfolio when the country reportedly lost about US$15 billion worth of diamond revenue refused …

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Zanu PF, MDC-T refuses to commit to gender equality

By Daniel Chigundu Proportional Representation legislator Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga says the country’s leading political parties Zanu PF and MDC-T have refused to commit to gender equality and 50-50 representation. Women in Zimbabwe are demanding 50-50 representation in the coming election and also that government fully implement the SADC Gender Protocol. The number of women in Parliament has been on a downward spiral and it had to …

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I am the right person for Harare West: Mamombe

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa Aspiring candidate for Harare West Constituency Joana Mamombe says she is the right person to stand on an MDC-T ticket for the Parliamentary elections despite facing seasoned legislator and political heavy-weight Jessie Majome in the primary elections. Mamombe who is only 24 years-old and holds a BSc in Biotechnology from Chinhoyi University says the coming polls present youths with opportunities to take …

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Out-numbered Zanu PF block elections Bill

By Daniel Chigundu Zanu PF legislators forced the adjournment of the House sitting in a bid to block debate on the Electoral Amendment Bill as they feared being out-numbered by the opposition. Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi on Tuesday moved a motion to suspend the provision of the Standing Orders relating to automatic adjournment, private members Bills and motions taking precedence over …

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Missing US$15 billion: Parly summons Mohadi

By Daniel Chigundu Mines and Energy Parliamentary Portfolio Committee has summoned Vice President Kembo Mohadi to appear before it on the 9th of April to give evidence on the alleged missing US$15 billion diamond revenue. According to former President Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe lost about US$15 billion in diamond revenue through illicit deals and smuggling at Chiadzwa in Marange. Vice President Mohadi was Minister of Home …

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Aspiring Zaka West MP banks on young voters

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa. Aspiring legislator Elvis Mugari says he is hopeful of scooping the Zaka West Parliamentary seat from current National Assembly representative Vincent Mawere because youths now prefer younger candidates who are in touch with their needs. The youthful Mugari said he decided to stand as an independent candidate after realising that most political parties in the country are shutting youths out when it …

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Introduce educational qualifications for MPs

By Wisdom Mumera Norton legislator Temba Mliswa has called for the setting up of minimum educational qualification for prospective Members of Parliament, adding that the current Parliament is lacking in capacity because of unschooled legislators. According to Section 125(1)(a) and (b), a person is qualified for election as a Member of the National Assembly if he or she is a registered voter and is at least 21 …

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Wetlands depletion: Parliament castigates EMA

By Daniel Chigundu Zaka Central legislator Paradzai Chakona has accused the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) of concentrating on collecting fines while neglecting their role of protecting the environment. EMA was created through the EMA Act of 2002 to provide for the sustainable management of natural resources and protection of the environment; the prevention of pollution and environmental degradation. However, despite the existence of EMA, environmental …

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Wetlands depletion: Parliament castigates EMA

By Daniel Chigundu Zaka Central legislator Paradzai Chakona has accused the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) of concentrating on collecting fines while neglecting their role of protecting the environment. EMA was created through the EMA Act of 2002 to provide for the sustainable management of natural resources and protection of the environment; the prevention of pollution and environmental degradation. However, despite the existence of EMA, environmental …

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