Senate blasts deputy ministers for bunking parly

HARARE - Senators have blasted deputy ministers for bunking Senate debates.

Matabeleland North senator Sithokozile Mathuthu led the attack during a Senate session on Thursday, saying deputy ministers are taking the Upper House of Parliament for granted.

“We are aware madam president that there is cabinet today but there are no deputy ministers,” Mathuthu said.

“I know they do not sit in Cabinet. So where are they hiding when there is serious government business? Are we so irrelevant that they would rather go about their other business and leave us to just sit here and look at each other? I take great exception to that,” she said.

“I just wanted to emphasise the point that this is an honourable Senate and the third leg of the pot which make the government of Zimbabwe. If anybody   thinks that they are above that, God forbid.”

Fortune Charumbira, president of the Chiefs Council, said senators should write to the executive arm of government complaining about the deputy ministers.

“Madam president, I would like to state the fact that it is not fair,” Charumbira said.

“We would like to thank the minister (Tsitsi Muzenda, deputy minister of Energy and Power Development) for attending but I would also want to urge our chief whip, senator Mohadi, that we need to write an official letter to complain because deputy ministers do not attend Cabinet but they are not here, so they should be serious.”

Senate president Edna Madzongwe quashed the discussion.

“I will not allow honourable senators to debate on the issues of ministers, it is not your business,” Madzongwe said.

Jacob Mudenda, the Speaker of National Assembly, last year read the riot act to government ministers and their deputies who bunk Parliament, warning that he will crack the whip.

“The chair would, therefore, like to serve notice to all honourable ministers and deputy ministers that the house will not allow this situation where some of them neglect their parliamentary duties to continue unabated,” Mudenda said.

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