Parly can do more to enhance its PR

EDITOR — Our Parliament can do much more to engage the public in activities of the House.

First, Parliament needs an overhaul in order to restore its credibility before the public. If we still have a Parliament where legislators largely prioritise issues concerning their welfare rather than the public good, then how do we expect to have a people-centred Parliament?

Secondly, the independence of Parliament seems to be under threat, especially from other arms of government like the Judiciary and Executive.

Parliament has been reduced to an institution where numbers, rather than substance play a role in decision making.

In fact, many Zimbabweans, basing on various media reports, regard Parliament as an extension of the Zanu PF.

It is, therefore, essential the doctrine of separation of powers is urgently pursued for Parliament to emphasise its independence and restore public confidence.

Thirdly, the conduct of some of our legislators should be regulated since it tarnishes the image and integrity of Parliament.

For example, why should MPs continuously absent themselves from the work they are paid to do and no punitive action is taken against them? Why should some MPs pride themselves in being legislators, solely for the sake of self-enrichment rather than for advancing the interests of their constituents?

Unless the above issues are addressed, having a people-centred Parliament will remain a distant rosy dream and the public will feel more alienated by the House.

Voter, JJ.

Comments (1)

The problem we have within our parliament is that most MPs that occupies that house ,think of nothing that; a) pleasing their Masters, Hero worshipping. b)holds positions within their political parties ofwhich when doing duties that benefit the Nation ,they do it so as to champion their party sloganiaring . c) It is not their desire to to do that, they guided by their political leadership,for example a certain political leader during campaining period clearly said , lets vote for our people to be in Parliament for us to be at liberty when ever we need to do what we want. d) zvimwe ndozvokusvotesana kuti hapana zvamunotiita tisu tiri kutonga. But they forget that both carbinet ministers and MPs they never applied for them to there, it was a poor man/woman's vote with the trust they were to represent the voiceless.

Igwee - 1 March 2017

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