'Cabinet nominees must get Parly approval'

HARARE - The MDC is pushing for Parliament confirmation hearings for Cabinet appointees to help uncover flaws in the executive nominees.

Kuwadzana East MDC MP Nelson Chamisa suggested that Parliament must probe the Cabinet nominees to expose their ethical, financial or legal lapses ahead of any reshuffle.

Chamisa told the National Assembly: “Is it possible that in future, when there is a reshuffle, this should be taken into consideration, the work that the ministers do in this august House, because we were seeing that most of the ministers are not being professional.  We are not seeing that being taken into consideration when Cabinet is being chosen.

“I request that the current ministers that we see who do not constantly come to Parliament, when a Cabinet reshuffle is being done, we should, as Parliament, be able to advance that certain individuals should not be entitled  to be ministers, especially with regards to questions with notice.

“May you commit to this as Parliament that we put it in writing to His Excellency, the president, so that this issue can be looked into when he is doing a Cabinet reshuffle so that we have a crop of ministers that work very well.”

Deputy speaker of the National Assembly Mable Chinomona: “I recall that you are also a Member of the Standing Rules and Orders.  You can take it to the Standing Rules and Orders so that issue can be dealt with.”

On Monday, President Robert Mugabe fired and demoted several ministers perceived to be sympathetic to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, in a reshuffle which analysts said was motivated by the desire to contain the Midlands godfather’s control and influence of key government ministries.

Comments (3)

Chamisa I have lost respect for you, you pretend to be with the masses during the day and at night you wine with Zanu PF. This has been proven and tested. Great pretender not my man anymore.

Tibvire Apo - 15 October 2017

I think Chamisa does not understand;for n purposes of political competition on public services delivery, n elected office bearer(president) should be judged by the performance of his cabinet appointees;itz the people who must fire him together with his bargage during the election hour.Only presidential nominees to institutions like the judiciary,the army,the police,security agents-CIOs services chiefs etc must have their contracts signed by the president only in agreement with parliament or senate sitting together with opposition MPs bec they betw gvts in rotations.Whatever this cabinet does it all to Mugabe & his party's credity -failure or success

addmore gudo - 15 October 2017

.... bec these serve betw gvts in rotations......whatever this cabinet does its to Mugabe's credity or disreputation

addmore gudo - 15 October 2017

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