'Relocate Parly to Bulawayo'

HARARE - Members of Parliament have called for the relocation of Parliament to Bulawayo.

The lawmakers made the proposal after complaining of lack of sitting space in the Parliament building as male and female MPs are squashed uncomfortably in the august house during parliamentary debates.

Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga moved the motion. She was supported by MDC legislator Lucia Matibenga. 

“I am proposing that in the short term to change the venue of sitting to Parliament to Bulawayo city,” Misihairabwi-Mushonga said.

Although officials are already hunting for alternative accommodation, 270 MPs will in the meantime have to squeeze into the National Assembly that was built to accommodate only 150 members.

The legislators said the current parliamentary venue does not provide a conducive environment for serious debate.

They said the move would devolve arms of state and bring Parliament to other centres in the country.

Joram Gumbo, Zanu PF chief whip, also supported the motion and asked for more resources from treasury to build a new Parliament building.

Gumbo suggested that Parliament be moved to Midlands province arguing it was at the epicentre of the country and could be the ideal province for hosting the temporary sitting.

Meanwhile, the parliamentary portfolio committee on Local Government chaired by Zanu PF MP Irene Zindi received oral evidence from Killian Mpingo, permanent secretary in the ministry of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development.

Mpingo informed the committee  that urban councils urgently needed firefighting equipment to avert destruction of properties and loss of lives in the event of fire outbreaks.

“Harare, Bulawayo and Kwekwe cities are the only urban councils which have sound firefighting equipment and in the event that fire broke out in other cities countrywide, we have to rely on these three cities’ equipment,” Mpingo told the lawmakers.

“We are negotiating with ministry of finance to sign a bilateral agreement with India to obtain the fire equipment for all the councils.”

Comments (23)

It seems Ms Misihairabwi-Mushonga just puts her mouth in motion without engaging her brains. Where exactly will parliament relocate in Byo? Are there facilities in Byo to accommodate the parliamentarians? Are there no facilities like that in Hre, Gweru or anywhere else? The same idiots in parliament are the ones who crafted the constitutional amendments to increase the legislature without even thinking of the space !

Feldman Bandura - 4 December 2013

Please relocate Parliament to Masvingo! I'm saying this because it's disheartening. What is so special about Bulawayo? It is always Harare versus Bulawayo. The assumption is Harare represents Masvingo, Mutare, Gweru, etc. That is false!

dick mboko - 4 December 2013

What exactly is wrong with the parly being in Byo ? Byo does host the ZITF FYI.You those typical stereo typed shonas who think eveything must be in Harare.Parly is cpming to Byo.

Bandura - 4 December 2013

Please relocate parliament to Mutare we need it in Manicaland

mbatatisi - 4 December 2013

Please relocate it to Gokwe we want it there what was the main reason for increasing them to 210 Zimbabwe is very small ,can someone tell me what are the benefits apart from milking us of our resources,politions are like parasites especially the ones we have in africa whose politics are for the belly and nothing else.

DAVID - 4 December 2013

Guess what! This was also built in the Smith era!

Peter - 4 December 2013

And Mugabe gobbles more than $3m every time he travels out of the country with his legendary entourage, yet Mutare doesnt have a fire engine? Yet you have the likes of Hoseah Chipanga singing, Gushungo havana mhosva!Whats wrong with us, dont we realise that the government is there to serve us?

charambiwa - 4 December 2013

Relocating the parliament to Bulawayo is a master stroke it kills all the ugly tribalism and devolution nonsense with one single stroke. Second it releases pressure on the capital. If any good idea has come from parliament in the last hundred years here is one!

gutter poet - 4 December 2013

I agree wth Misihairambwi- Mushonga and Cde Jorum Gumbo. Take parly to either Byo or Gweru.

Madlala - 4 December 2013

I agree wth Misihairambwi- Mushonga and Cde Jorum Gumbo. Take parly to either Byo or Gweru.

Madlala - 4 December 2013

I agree wth Misihairambwi- Mushonga and Cde Jorum Gumbo. Take parly to either Byo or Gweru.

Madlala - 4 December 2013

I suggest parliament should be moved to the Uzumba constituency. There is a very big community hall at Nhakiwa growth point

Nyorodo - 4 December 2013

Its a lot cheaper if we reduce the number of MPs 100.

wakaah - 4 December 2013

Move it to Chipinge - Ndongaland. There is a 400-seater Gaza Hall. Ask Sakabuya and Porusingazi. MASEKA NHAIKA! Kikikikiki Kufara zvangu ini blaz wa Blaz!

Watikiritai - 4 December 2013

iwe fungawo manhi hatingati harare ndo judicial city,ndiyo executive city and ndiyo the biggest city.why cant we make the second largest city a judiciary seat like what south africa did.it will open a lot of opportunities for the people and leaders will have an informed decisions when they debate

zvichanaka - 4 December 2013

decentralize everything legislature,judiciary

muall - 4 December 2013

why not relocating to ZHII IZHOO a city in CHINA

Mu China - 4 December 2013

take your parly anywhere but Matabeland we don't need it.... seriously we don't mind the less we see of you the better.. why come all the way to Byo to talk about urine..

Obama Bin Laden - 4 December 2013

That building belongs to the Anglican Church I guess. But anyway 150 is supposed to be the largest number we need in Zimbabwe so the extra 270 must be paid off and go home we don't need them especially vanoti chingidzirai mvura yemumadziro mudiridze minda avo hah ngavandochingidzira mvura kumusha vabude imomo musare van Chinos vanotaura zvinemusoro. Kana vekuhwetera mundiro ngavangodzokera kubackyard shark yavo.

Maita Manyuka - 5 December 2013

Pliz move parly to Kwekwe.We have Amaveni Hall big enuff to accomodate all mps.Arimanyongo Hotel is just 100metres away,we cut on travel and subsistence allowances.Kwekwe is central for all travelling parliamentarians.

queque - 5 December 2013

Kana kuChiredzi kunoita futi. Kune Chitsanga Hall , kana kwamahenye chaiko.

observer - 5 December 2013

why moving to Bulawayo ? Squeeze yourselves in there kuti munyatso rara .

wasu - 5 December 2013

In their wisdom or lack of it, the number of legislators have been increased from the initial 150 to the present 270 including the Senate. This, in a country with the lowest gross domestic product in the region and yet we have the largest number of legislators feasting off a dead country. These people in parliament are the same. They are career politicians who have no other business to do outside that area. They do not have the interest of the general populace at heart. That is the reason for all the boot licking of their dear leaders. Really what are they discussing in parliament which is visible to help the nation. It is suggested that they do hot sitting sessions as a solution to their current lack of enough space. Politicians are like dipers which need consistent changing.

tomasi tohwi - 5 December 2013

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