Parliament’s adjournment stalls law-making process

By Lovemore Chazingwa/ James Sakala The decision by Parliament to adjourn its main sittings due to fears of the COVID-19 pandemic will likely affect the country’s law-making process. President Emmerson Mnangagwa in September last year tabled about 28 Bills that are supposed to be tackled in this Second Session of the 9th Parliament of Zimbabwe. …

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Bring your tablets for software configurations, MPs told

Legislators who will be attending Parliament on Tuesday have been urged to bring their Samsung tablets so that they can go under software configurations. The tablets are part of a move towards a Paper-less Parliament as the legislature moves to curb printing costs for its various documents especially the Order Papers. Parliament has not been …

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We dont throw away citizens views, says Parliament

Parliament Budget Office (PBO) director Pepukai Chivore has urged Zimbabweans to continue participating in Parliament public consultations, adding that all the views are captured and considered. Section 13(2) of the Zimbabwe Constitution calls on the government to involve the people in the formulation and implementation of development plans programs that affect them. However, there has …

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Thanks for the sideshow, now reconvene

OPINION By Joel Mandaza Before last week`s Parliamentary gathering we were told that it was meant to further adjourn to a later date. At least according to what was communicated by Parliament itself. The requirement for presence was limited to those who live in Harare and areas fairly close, this thinking was influenced by the …

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Parly ignored oversight over a stupid thing, says Biti

Harare East legislator Tendai Biti has castigated Parliament for focusing on “stupid” things at the expense of its important role of providing oversight when it met on Tuesday. Parliament met on Tuesday where about four MDC Alliance legislators were recalled from as a result of the ongoing MDC power wrangles. However, speaking at a virtual …

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MP calls for transparency, as Govt begin distributing COVID-19 funds to the poor

By Nkanyiso Ncube Hwange East legislator Wesley Sansole has called on the Department of Social Welfare to ensure that there is transparency in the disbursement of the COVID-19 funds that are targeted at cushioning vulnerable members of the community during the lockdown. Government through the Ministry of Finance has availed about ZW$600 million which will …

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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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