CDF: why proportional MPs deserve a share

CDF: why proportional MPs deserve a share

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE’S constitution says there shall be 210 Parliamentary Constituencies in the country which shall be represented by a legislator elected directly through the secret ballot. The constitution also makes provision for the inclusion of 60 women legislators elected through proportional representation (PR) for the duration of the first 10 years (2013 to 2023) of the life of the new supreme law. The 60 women (6 from every Province) are in the National Assembly to help raise issues affecting women and also to help them get the courage…

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MPs want CDF increased to US$1million

MPs want CDF increased to US$1million

By Daniel Chigundu LEGISLATORS have called on the government to increase the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) from the current US$50 000 to at least US$1 million per year. Parliament this week adopted the CDF constitution that will see legislators begin to receive the important funds that have been talked about since 2013. Currently, treasury has availed about US$5 million from the expected US$10.5 million budgeted towards the development fund. According to a circular received by legislators, the funds will begin to trickle into the designated accounts as soon as all…

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MPs want bodyguards …says they are targets of terrorism

MPs want bodyguards …says they are targets of terrorism

By Daniel Chigundu BUHERA South legislator Joseph Chinotimba says Parliamentarians in the country should be given security because they are a target of terrorists and verbal insults. Speaking at the pre-budget briefing seminar at Padhari Lodge, Honourable Chinotimba said MPs in others countries are already receiving such security. “In other countries when you are an MP you get a motorcade, bodyguards and the type of motorcade only differs depending on whether one is a minister, Vice President or the President. “Why are we saying the police should be trained to…

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MPs disrupt Parliament sitting …demand outstanding allowances and IPads

MPs disrupt Parliament sitting …demand outstanding allowances and IPads

By Daniel Chigundu ANGRY legislators from both sides of the House caused disruption of Parliament business today (Thursday 19 October 2017) demanding that they are given their outstanding allowances and IPads they were promised last year. Although we could not ascertain how much they are owed, it is believed the allowances have been outstanding for several months as the government grapples with stressful financial challenges. Legislators reportedly get paid about US$1 000 per month and they also get about US$75 allowances per each sitting day. Since last week, legislators have…

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MPs demand salary increase and executive treatment

MPs demand salary increase and executive treatment

By Daniel Chigundu LEGISLATORS have called for a salary increase arguing that what they are currently getting is not commensurate with the work they are doing and their status in the communities. The demand, however, comes at a time when government currently has a freeze on salary increase owing to unavailability of funds and the huge wage bill which gobbles about 85 percent of the national budget. Speaking in the National Assembly Buhera West legislator Oliver Mandipaka said the perks that legislators get are not fair compared to the other…

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Key populations might affect HIV/Aids targets

Key populations might affect HIV/Aids targets

By Daniel Chigundu SHAMVA South legislator Joseph Mapiki says the country risks losing out on its effort to eradicate HIV/Aids by the year 2030 if it continues to leave out key populations such as transgender people and prisoners in its response strategies. The issue of transgender is very topical in the country, with President Robert Mugabe labelling them as being worse than pigs and dogs. However, this labelling has seen such groups as gays and lesbians being left out in various health programs as they fear coming out in the…

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We are on verge of a civil war: Mushonga

We are on verge of a civil war: Mushonga

By Daniel Chigundu OUTSPOKEN legislator Priscilla Misihairabwi Mushonga says if marginalisation of certain tribes in the country is not addressed, the country risk falling into a civil war very soon. There is a general belief in the country that people from Matabeleland are marginalised in terms of getting opportunities and development in their region. The belief was further buttressed when most industries dumped Bulawayo which was the country’s industrial hub in favour of Harare. Bulawayo is regarded as the capital of the Ndebele speaking people, while Harare is associated with…

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Leave Haiti and come to Highfield to vote: Mnangagwa

Leave Haiti and come to Highfield to vote: Mnangagwa

Extracted from Parliamentary Hansard 26/07/2017  HON. L. SIBANDA: Thank you Mr. Speaker Sir. My question is directed to the Vice President Hon. Mnangagwa. What is Government policy with regards to voter registration for prisoners and those abroad? THE VICE PRESIDENT AND MINISTER OF JUSTICE, LEGAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS (HON. E. D. MNANANGAGWA): The concept of prison is that after you have committed a crime, you forfeit the rights of a free person. If you are a prisoner, all these fundamental rights which everybody enjoys as a citizen are now forfeited. So, our…

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We are going back to 2008: Hon. Cross

We are going back to 2008: Hon. Cross

Extracted from Parliamentary Hansard 25/07/2017 MOTION 2016 ANNUAL BUDGET REVIEW AND THE 2017 ECONOMIC OUTLOOK STATEMENT First Order read: Adjourned debate on the motion on the 2016 Annual Budget Review and the 2017 Economic Outlook Statement. Question again proposed. HON. CROSS: The half yearly review of the performance of the Budget by the Minister last week was a very important occasion for the House. It gave us an opportunity to review what Government has been doing with our resources in the past six months. For me, the most important feature…

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I am very allergic to corruption … I do not like it, I am not a corrupt man: Mphoko. –

I am very allergic to corruption … I do not like it,  I am not a corrupt man: Mphoko. –

Extracted from Parliamentary Hansard 27/06/2017 HON. MARIDADI:  Thank you Madam Speaker.  Let me start by saying here the vision and mission of the Auditor-General, the Auditor-General’s Office is a creation of this Parliament.  It says, “to examine, audit and report to Parliament on the management of public resources of Zimbabwe through committed and motivated staff with the aim of improving accountability and corporate governance.” The reason I am reading this mission statement is that I am holding three books here.  One is of Appropriation, one is of State Enterprises and…

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