MPs want to accompany Mugabe on foreign trips

HARARE - Members of Parliament want to join President Robert Mugabe’s entourage in all his foreign junkets.

Kindness Paradza, Zanu PF MP for Makonde, tabled the proposal during a hearing by the parliamentary portfolio committee on Foreign Affairs yesterday.

Paradza, a former newspaper publisher and farmer, asked Joey Bimha, permanent secretary in the ministry of Foreign Affairs, to include lawmakers from the Foreign Affairs committee on the list of delegates on all foreign trips undertaken by Mugabe.

“Since we overshadow the ministry of Foreign Affairs, we have not seen members of this committee accompanying the president on foreign trips to international summits, yet it is one of our oversight role to do so,” Paradza said.

“We want also to be involved in re-engagement with the foreign governments.”

Bimha said the delegation that travels with Mugabe was compiled by the President’s office.

“We only facilitate with technical expertise on the delegation, but however as a ministry, we are ready to engage on that issue and forward your request to his office,” Bimha said.

Bimha said legislators were free to get involved in the re-engagement processes aimed at fighting  Western sanctions.

Lawmakers also asked Bimha to help them acquire diplomatic passports so that they can have easy travel while on Parliament business.

Bimha said his ministry only facilitates the acquisition of diplomatic passports but the list originates from the president’s office.

“We are not responsible for issuing out diplomatic passports, but we only act as facilitators for one to have his diplomatic passport,” Bimha said. “This was the case for (Zimbabwean Olympic medalist) Kirsty Coventry whose name was forwarded to us from the president’s office so that we help her to get her diplomatic passport. I am going to communicate your request to the relevant office so that it can be attended to.”

Enock Porosingazi, Zanu PF MP for Chipinge South and chairperson of the committee, said the legislators were keen to learn more about diplomatic duties and called for a workshop for legislators on international relations.

Bimha said that his ministry was facing financial challenges. He, however, added that his ministry was able to pay salaries for diplomats serving in Zimbabwe’s foreign missions.

The legislators were informed that 15 ambassadors were going to be recalled in December as they have finished their four-year tour of duty.

Some will be redeployed to other countries, he said.

Zimbabwe has 45 foreign missions.

Comments (15)

Silly suggestion. Where is the money going to come from Mr Paradza? Is this what you were elected for? I have not heard one single MP calling for the improvement of roads, hospitals and schools. This time hunger and poverty will push the people to give you a wake up call.

Disaster - 20 November 2013

Am sure the Chinese are willing to sponsor them, and of course the sahwiras, nikuv, of late there are Belgian cartels or consortiums (whichever is more evil). It seems we have lots of sponsors for silly issues than the everyday bread & butter issues

mammoth castle - 20 November 2013

Ana KP. Kuda kuita basa here kana kuti you just want to benefit from the hefty allowances Mugabe's entourage gets. Instead you should be pushing for a limit to Mugabe's foreign trips as this costing the country whose economy is already bleeding. KP you can do better than this.

OBSERVER - 20 November 2013

Kindness has been in the wilderness for such a long time and wants to siphon as much as he can through undeserved foreign trip allowances. It's now a question of how each of the Zanu PF vultures can fill their big stomachs!

Boorangoma - 20 November 2013

ziva zwawakapindira basa unoshandira kuMakonde kwete kunze kwenyika gadzirisa migwagwa nzwibhorani nezwime zweikoko.

porongi - 20 November 2013

tsve kufunga zveku gadzirisa economy makufunga zvendege. garai muno muite basa ramusatimatanga kuita.

atz - 20 November 2013

Mese muri kutuka Zanu PF muri imbwa dzevanhu

banga - 20 November 2013


shon corner - 20 November 2013

Hey Paradza, you are supposed to sit in Harare, study foreign policy trends in the library of parliament, and make intelligent suggestions to the ministry of foreign affairs, not to go shopping with the president.

Chenjerai Hove - 20 November 2013

shame on you paradza

nduku - 21 November 2013

Tsve-e-e-e zvekusimudzira nyika makuda kudya matravel allowance ne kugara mumahotera anodhura ,ko vakakuvhotera vakuvasiya kuda kubhururuka nendege chete ,isu taramba you are a member of parliament and you should fly to your costituency chete kwete abroad there are no voteres for you there

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Irrigation vs Climate change - 21 November 2013

Reminds me of my 4 year old daughter when I am about to go out, 'Daddy ndirikuda kuyendawo'!

rasta - 21 November 2013

Basa renyu tsvee mava kuda kunoona nyika isu takauisai pazvigaro musina kana kumbotenderera maConstituency enyu.Mudhara apa ramba , kuda maallowances chete apa.Takuonai kuti zvigaro izvi muri kutsvaga kuita mari chete apa. Hamuna chido nekumirira vanhu imi.

Zanu Yaora - 21 November 2013

Maybe Mr Paradza has never been in an aeroplane before, so he also want to travel with Mugabe when Mugabe travels overseas. Paradza thinks that when he was elected into parliament, he was elected to get privileges like travel allowances,( that are part of the perks of being a member of parliament). So going overseas with Mugabe is on Paradza's list of things to do when he became a member of parliament , he is in parliament for a travel adventure, to see the world, and if you tell Paradza to serve the people of Zimbabwe instead of wanting to go overseas with Mugabe , he will say , I am not in parliament to serve the people , but I am in parliament to serve myself and enjoy travelling adventures with Mugabe.

People - 21 November 2013

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