Electoral Bill: Ziyambi promises peaceful public hearings

By Daniel Chigundu Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs chairperson Ziyambi Ziyambi says people who will attend the Insolvency Bill and Electoral Amendment Bill public hearings are assured of a non-violent meeting. Contentious Bills such as Local Government Amendment Bill, Peace and Reconciliation Bill and the Electoral Law Reforms Bill have previously drawn vicious violence. And former committee chairperson Honourable Jessie Majome was …

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Youthful aspiring MPs colour their campaigns

By Own Correspondent. A new trend has emerged amongst the rising breed of youthful female political aspirants who are using colour codes to mark their different campaigns. The 2018 general election has seen a lot of young women stepping up to offer their candidacy as agents of change in the usually male-dominated political sphere. More than ever young women appear to have been aroused from …

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US$4m in the bag: MPs now want duty free Certificates

By Buhle Tshavango Legislators who managed to arm-twist the financially broke government this week to release US$4 million towards their outstanding sitting allowances say the now want duty free-certificates to import cars. According to a circular from the treasury, legislators should have received at least half of their outstanding allowances by next week Wednesday (6th of November) while logistics for the remainder are being worked. …

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Khupe, Chamisa clash over US$5m CDF

By Daniel Chigundu Outspoken legislator and women’s rights advocate Thokozani Khupe yesterday clashed with Kuwadzana East legislator Nelson Chamisa in the National Assembly over the distribution of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF). The government has secured about US$5 million which will be distributed as part of the US$50 000 CDF to 210 Parliamentary Constituencies. Zimbabwe Parliament has 350 legislators, with 210 elected directly from constituencies …

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CDF saga: MPs now demand US$75K

Daniel Chigundu Legislators have demanded that the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) which is currently pegged at US$50 000 be adjusted to US$75 000 because of inflation. Treasury has already marshalled about US$5 million in CDF funds to be disbursed to the 210 legislators as soon as the constitution for the fund has been adopted by Parliament. Speaking in the National Assembly, Norton legislator Temba Mliswa …

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Sitting allowances: MPs sold a dummy again

By Daniel Chigundu Parliament of Zimbabwe has failed to honour its promises made to legislators two weeks ago with regards to payment of outstanding sitting allowances and Ipads. Speaker of National Assembly Jacob Mudenda had promised that the legislators would have received their outstanding dues by the 31st of October this year, however, the allowances are yet to be paid. Asked about the issues in …

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Why generous MPs risk getting broke

By Daniel Chigundu  Harare Mayor Councillor Bernard Manyenyeni says legislators and councillors should stick to their mandates or risk getting broke by trying to finance social services in their constituencies. Owing to economic hardships being experienced in the economy, most legislators and councillors in the country are generally expected by the electorate to help in such issues as paying school fees for the poor children …

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Parliament resolves allowances, Ipads saga

By Daniel Chigundu SPEAKER of National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda says Parliament is going to resolve all issues to do with the welfare of parliamentarians’ by end of the month (October) following a heated 1hour 30 minutes side meeting at Padhari Lodge. MPs in the 8th Parliament of Zimbabwe got into office in August 2013 but have never been given sitting allowances from that date …

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Parliament resolves allowances, Ipads saga

By Daniel Chigundu SPEAKER of National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda says Parliament is going to resolve all issues to do with the welfare of parliamentarians’ by end of the month (October) following a heated 1hour 30 minutes side meeting at Padhari Lodge. MPs in the 8th Parliament of Zimbabwe got into office in August 2013 but have never been given sitting allowances from that date …

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Parly forced into early adjournment, as MPs protest over iPads and salaries

By Staff Reporter Parliament was today (Thursday 19 October) forced into early adjournment after legislators went into protesting mode over unpaid allowances and promised Ipads, prompting for Zanu-PF Chief-whip in Lovemore Matuke to call for adjournment of the House. The protest started when Deputy Speaker of Parliament Marble Chinomona had announced that all legislators were obliged to attend the 2018 pre-budgetary seminar scheduled for Pandhari …

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