Scrutinise MPs before voting

HARARE - Recent reports in the Daily News in which ordinary Zimbabweans revealed that they do not know their sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) is sad.

It is criminal that since going into office five years ago, the sitting MPs have been absent from their constituencies. In interviews, the electorate said while they voted for local MPs to represent them, they had never met them and doubted if they even existed.

Interestingly, the said sitting owl MPs have in recent weeks been visiting their constituencies to hoodwink the electorate into voting for them in the coming harmonised elections — promising, as always, better things once they get into power.

It is also shocking, to say the least that some sitting MPs who spent the last years in Parliament, never contributed to the august house debates.

Zimbabweans should be wiser and scrutinise all the sitting MPs and evaluate their stay and contributions while in Parliament.

An insight into people’s voting patterns for MPs, points to a very dangerous scenario in which voters usually do not look at the candidates, but just vote for anyone standing for a political party of their choice.

This has seen mediocre candidates being voted into office, most of whom are illiterate to say the least.

The idea to just vote for a party symbol without evaluating candidates should be done away with as it is the root cause of non-functional MPs.

It is time that constituencies evaluated their sitting legislators so they deservedly get into Parliament.

 Those aspiring to be MPs should produce blue prints of what they would do for the electorate once they get into power. They have to give the electorate timelines to meet their targets.

There is a lot that sitting MPs can do in their constituencies; from road construction, drilling boreholes, building schools and clinics, and this can easily be achieved through networking with government and NGOs.

The problem is when you choose an illiterate MP who cannot even use a computer, has no e-mail address and has no capacity to put together a project proposal for a grinding mill.

This kind of MP, while attending Parliament, never opens his or her mouth and in five years contributes nothing meaningful.

Political parties should also spare the electorate the trouble by screening their candidates to ensure that capable and qualified cadres who can tackle governance challenges within constituencies can be eligible.

As we look forward to the harmonised elections set for this year, it is important for political parties to note that the mediocrity of MPs affects the integrity of their organisations. - Staff Writer

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Tapiwa Chininga - 24 April 2013

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