Zanu PF MPs demand more cars

HARARE - Zanu PF Buhera West MP Oliver Mandipaka has asked Parliament to give rural legislators at least two cars, arguing that most of the lawmakers become destitute following expiry of their terms.

The former police spokesperson said the welfare of parliamentarians “must be taken seriously”.

He told the House of Assembly last week that “… members who represent constituencies deep down in the rural areas and, I am one of them . . . have bad roads to the extent that at the expiry of the five year term, I will be having no Ford Ranger at all”.

“We cannot be destitute after leaving this Parliament. So we pray that the budget for this august House is going to be raised so that we are catered for,” Mandipaka said.

“So all it means is that if perhaps we get two or more vehicles, we will be able to access rugged terrains,” he said.

Currently, Parliament gives MPs a choice of one off-road vehicle between a Ford Everest and a Ranger. 

Mandipaka’s demands come as Parliament filed summons against six former legislators who left without servicing their vehicle loans.

Former Zanu PF chief whip, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti (Mwenezi East) and ex-Energy minister Dzikamai Mavhaire (Masvingo Central), are among those targeted for the action.

In summons filed at the High Court last month, Parliament seeks to recover a total of $258 809 in unpaid vehicle loans advanced to the legislators during their terms of office.

MPs earn $800 and have a sitting allowance of $75.

“After the expiry of five years, perhaps I might not be coming back into Parliament, I will be able to look good to the constituents, look good to the people, because we want to continue portraying a positive image of the Parliament,” he said.

Mandipaka said parliamentarians should this year get their Constituency Development Funds (CDF) — a cash pay-out aimed at the promotion of community-driven development.

In his 2017 National Budget, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa reinstated a $50 000 vote for each constituency, saying the cash would be allocated under Parliament pending the promulgation of the necessary legislation to govern the fund.

The paucity of the regulation framework of the fund — first introduced during the fragile inclusive government and suspended in 2013 — was the reason why the fund was held in abeyance for all these years.

Some unscrupulous MPs across the political divide took advantage of the regulatory loopholes in the fund to pillage the CDF, which they converted to their own use.

“I pray that for this financial year, MPs should get their CDF. Why do I say so? 

“The impression that is created by people who we represent is that we have everything.  Even the budget, they think it is within our control.

“So in other words, I am supporting the debate by (Mabvuku Tafara MDFC MP James) Maridadi that the welfare of MPs should be taken seriously, especially this financial year because it is important for MPs to be catered for so that they discharge their duties in earnest.”

Mandipaka said there was an impression created that Parliament was less important than the executive.

“That is a misnomer. I want to strongly believe that what the executive does, what the Judiciary does and what Parliament does, these things are equally very important for the smooth running of the nation and so when it comes to the welfare of members of this august House, we want to seriously take a re-look and say, are we giving enough to members for their sustenance?” he asked.

“Are we providing enough for honourable members so that they are able to conduct their day-to-day duties in various constituencies?”

Comments (12)

Useless parly.Bunch of grave diggers.Yu have never proved yo worth.Noise only.Yu cant have more cars .Fight 1st for the roads to be fixed.Yu need tractors for yo movements.Thats what yu must get .They are strong and can withstand the bad roads.The tractor will also help yo constituency.Forget about 2cars ,for what?Sleeping in parly.A performance report for yu is required every year end.Yo pay of $800 is too much for doing nothing bt yell in parly.Why do yu deserve more than teachers and doctors.The real workers ,civil servance.Doctors get pittance.Nurses nothing much,teachers are always crying .Yu want another car for yo wife?.Yu have worms in yo heads.

viola gwena - 8 February 2017

MPs are are a useless bunch dont deserve a car at all even a tractor should not be theirs but for the constituency. On another bulletin you have warvets demanding special treatment 'money'... what is wrong with these guys cant they see that the country's economy is in a comma! They must direct their demands to zanupf not the government/tax payers.

Sinyo - 8 February 2017

Pea-brained idiot. Save your own money to buy yourself what you want. Why should tax payers, some who don't even have cars buy you anything? If you had any brains you would be fighting to establish a social security system to cater for everyone's welfare upon retirement. Too advanced for Zanuoids I guess.

Sagitarr - 8 February 2017

Pfutseke mhani. Ndizvo zvawakabudira chipurisa kuzoda kudya urere? Pfutseke.

Chipoto Vhaivhai - 8 February 2017

Pfutseke mhani. Ndizvo zvawakabudira chipurisa kuzoda kudya urere? Pfutseke.

Chipoto Vhaivhai - 8 February 2017

Are you not earning anything as a member of parliament Oliver Mandipaka?Why can't you save like any other person who is getting a salary?When you campaigned to be voted mp were you telling the electorate that you will demand two cars as soon as you get elected or you were promising them to make their life better?You thought the parliament would be a better feeding trough than the Police Stations thats why you resigned?Now you can no longer get kickbacks like you used to do when you were still with ZRP and you are failing to adjust you now want the very same people you promised to make their life better to buy two cars for you?My foot!Ende hauna nyadzi just like your zanu pf mafia party.

Janana wa Bikaz - 8 February 2017

Are you not earning anything as a member of parliament Oliver Mandipaka?Why can't you save like any other person who is getting a salary?When you campaigned to be voted mp were you telling the electorate that you will demand two cars as soon as you get elected or you were promising them to make their life better?You thought the parliament would be a better feeding trough than the Police Stations thats why you resigned?Now you can no longer get kickbacks like you used to do when you were still with ZRP and you are failing to adjust you now want the very same people you promised to make their life better to buy two cars for you?My foot!Ende hauna nyadzi just like your zanu pf mafia party.

Janana wa Bikaz - 8 February 2017

Mandipaka, you now see the unserviced roads because we towards 2018, pose pawaibuda pa TV uchita seunoita zvisvinu. How can they clain extra vehicle with the state of economy , Government failing to pay employees in time . I suggest as people who has been voted into Parliament / kutsvagira basa nesu, is the right time they push Agenda of their Masters ( we povo ) who voted them into Parliament, to be paid Salaries in time as well as demanding salary increements to all employees than selfish demands.

Igwee - 8 February 2017

Nhai Mr Mp are you aware that the demand of more care you are busy talking about , the money comes from tax payers, who are failing to copy up with life due hard economic challenges?

Igwee - 8 February 2017

Instead of demanding an immediate infrastructure development,our roads are on state of decay where are you going to drive those fancy cars,no wonder which rural areas do you come from,Zanu pf is a party of criminals who continues to steal from the poor,we don't have clinics and schools our kids are forced to travel close to 15 km to attend a nearby primary school,with no bridges to cross over flooded rivers at this time of the season forcing kids to stay at home in rural areas.

Mxolisi Ngonyama - 8 February 2017

Oliver you are a disgrace to the MP's. Instead of asking for the construction of a good road network across Zimbabwe so that your "Ranger" will be in good condition after 5 years you are rather asking for 2 or more cars. You are the types of Ministers that are corrupt because you seek for your personal benefit forgetting that you are occupying a public office. Please apologize to the public and start asking for reasonable thinks in parliament next time.

Concerned Citizen - 8 February 2017

These fools think they are doing us a big favor by being useless MPs. Musatanyoko wamai. Duzvi.

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 8 February 2017

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