Electoral Bill hearing aborted

HARARE - Members of the public were yesterday left frothing with anger after a public hearing on the Electoral Amendment Bill in Harare was abandoned after legislators walked out without apology.

Jessie Majome, the chairperson of the parliamentary portfolio committee on Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, struggled to calm the irate citizens who felt that Zanu PF Members of Parliament Shadreck Mashayamombe (Harare South), Irene Zindi (Mutasa South) along with their MDC counterparts Innocent Gonese (Mutare Central) and Evelyn Masaiti had treated them with utter contempt after they left the meeting prematurely without giving reasons.

Only Majome and Zanu PF Murewa MP Mabel Nkathazo, remained in the meeting. Majome was forced to call off the meeting as her committee no longer constituted a quorum.

Majome apologised on behalf of her committee saying some of the members who walked out had never attended any of their public hearings throughout the country despite being members of the committee.

“If you ask me that question I cannot answer,” she said. “The fact is that we no longer constitute a quorum so we cannot continue. We are really sorry about that but organisations and individuals can still submit their contributions to this committee via Parliament.”


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