'Mugabe to address nation soon'

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe will deliver his belated state of the nation address to Parliament soon, his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa told the National Assembly yesterday.

Responding to a question by Jessie Majome, the MDC MP for Harare West, on when Mugabe would deliver the State of the Nation address which he usually presents to a joint sitting of both houses in December, Mnangagwa said he had consulted his boss over the matter.

Mnangagwa said Mugabe would make the presentation as soon as he finds the opportunity.

“As a minister of Justice who is conversant with the law, I have taken measures to advise the president to find an opportunity to come to Parliament,” Mnangagwa said.

“Section 140 (1) of the Constitution provides that the president may at any time address the House at least once a year, the president must  give a state of the nation address.”

Mnangagwa and Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda had initially accused Majome of failing to interpret the constitution correctly, insisting that the law did not make it mandatory for Mugabe to give a state of the nation address.

“I am very grateful for the guidance from the speaker,” Mnangagwa said. “The honourable member as a lawyer knows the distinction between the words may and must and that she could make her own judgment on the matter,” he added before reading out the clause that makes it obligatory.

Meanwhile, Parliament has noted a recommendation by the committee on Standing Rules and Orders to appoint Kennedy Chokuda as the substantive Clerk of Parliament.

Chokuda, who has been the acting clerk following the retirement of Austin Zvoma in November 2014, will take the post on a six-year term. Chokuda was appointed in terms of section 154 (1) f the Standing Rules and Orders and with approval from the National Assembly.

Mnangagwa said Chokuda could not have continued until May 31 in an acting capacity as it would have violated the law.

“Given that Parliament is adjourning today to June 9, we are trying to plug the lacuna that would arise,” Mnangagwa said.

Comments (23)

the president will address the nation at his time. why do mdc t people want the president whom the disapprove of to address the nation? do they just ask questions for the sake if it? one time the president is irrelevant the next time he is relevant. pls ppl, choose one position. its either you support the president or you don,t. if you feel he is not relevant any more, don't ask for his contribution.

taurai - 21 May 2015

"As a minister of Justice who is conversant with the law, I have taken measures to advise the president to find an opportunity to come to Parliament,” Mnangagwa said. What is this man smoking, Zimbabwe is screwed with leaders like this. Who talks like that?

Galore 123 - 21 May 2015

Its his duty to address the nation whether we like him or not

fireman - 21 May 2015

Its his duty to address the nation whether we like him or not

fireman - 21 May 2015

@taurayi, this is the time they can "sveveredza him at close range". It is not that they recognise him at all, far from it.

Chen Chikezha - 21 May 2015

What difference does it make if he addresses the nation or not? I think we are better off without those long boring speeches

Pipinyana Gushungo - 21 May 2015

it's time to go to heroes acre

heroes arce - 21 May 2015

addresssing the nation about vending mashrooming everywhere, ha guys we need something else.

big meech larry hoover - 21 May 2015

One wonders want is he going to say since all the lies he had been saying since 1963 are now totally finished . After all cares about nonsense he is going to say . He is going to blame whites and Morgan for all his failures which has ruined the country . If he does not mention mdc t in his address then that will be very rare . He is going to insult everybody just wait and see . Lets hope he will not fall again this time around .

Diibulaanyika - 22 May 2015

morgan failed himself. it doesn't need another to expose his short-comings. the man blunders about all the time. what got him where he is, was people's protest against the misrule of zanu. even with that advantage, morgan still failed. if it was in progressive countries, he would have been asked to step down. machinja, chinjai morgan and give us another face.

zvirozviyedzwa - 22 May 2015

Whether he addresses or not that will not create jobs or bring food on the table for the hungry Zimbos , its better he stays home and rest , Mnangagwa is just fooling the MPs , I think Majome he raised a wrong motion , you should have asked Mnangagwa for the 2 million jobs they promised .

mudhara - 22 May 2015

When the day comes that we get a proper state of the Nation address maybe we will move forward. The President gave a state of South African nation the other day. He needs to give an honest assessment of where we are at. We all not but if he admits what we all know maybe he can be rid of the denial he suffers from.

Changamira - 22 May 2015

This terrorist leader turned rogue thinks he is the only one in this world. addressing state of the nation talking what? Many people are jobless, thousands of graduates are roaming the streets with nothing in sight for them. Millions are in South Africa why? This stupid Mugabe says South Africa needs a second liberation, aaah!!!!

herber - 22 May 2015

This terrorist leader turned rogue thinks he is the only one in this world. addressing state of the nation talking what? Many people are jobless, thousands of graduates are roaming the streets with nothing in sight for them. Millions are in South Africa why? This stupid Mugabe says South Africa needs a second liberation, aaah!!!!

herber - 22 May 2015

This terrorist leader turned rogue thinks he is the only one in this world. addressing state of the nation talking what? Many people are jobless, thousands of graduates are roaming the streets with nothing in sight for them. Millions are in South Africa why? This stupid Mugabe says South Africa needs a second liberation, aaah!!!!

herber - 22 May 2015

This terrorist leader turned rogue thinks he is the only one in this world. addressing state of the nation talking what? Many people are jobless, thousands of graduates are roaming the streets with nothing in sight for them. Millions are in South Africa why? This stupid Mugabe says South Africa needs a second liberation, aaah!!!!

herber - 22 May 2015

This terrorist leader turned rogue thinks he is the only one in this world. addressing state of the nation talking what? Many people are jobless, thousands of graduates are roaming the streets with nothing in sight for them. Millions are in South Africa why? This stupid Mugabe says South Africa needs a second liberation, aaah!!!!

herber - 22 May 2015

Takamirira address yenyu shefu ndati ndikupireyi nyaya iyi zwimwe ingabatsira pazvirongwa zwenyu zweZim-A-Satan. Iyo tsika yangu yokuona too much iyi. Gore rapera iri pandaishandamunyika iri kunze ndakatsoropodza system yavo yekuhoresa vasingashandi (Social Benefit System) ndarwadziwa nemutero (Income Tax) yandaibhadhara. Ndakavaudza kuti kwedu hazwiwanikwi izwi . Ramangwana racho umwe wavakandinzwa akandiunzira video yakandipeza. Part I showed women carrying dishes of tomatoes being chased by what appeared to be policemen in the streets of Harare. The video focussed on how the women maneuvered their way around the latest models of cars to make good their escape. Part II showed people wearing torn clothes picking big,clean,white cotton balls typical of what you can find in Gokwe. Immediately a full view of Mupedzanhamo was cast. People are seen bargaining for secondhand clothes with European companies labels. Part III was a picture of you Sir (in jacket and tie as usual) and your family at home in the garden/park watching an eclipse of the moon. At the end this guy said to me: "If you have a president who works 24 hrs then Zimbabweans should be faring better than us.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 22 May 2015

he will probably continue blaming others for his own mess

Bouganvillia - 22 May 2015

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ju - 26 May 2015

hazvishande let this guy sleep at state house

tman - 26 May 2015

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