Articles tagged 'parliament of zimbabwe'

MDC petitions Parly over arrests 23 January 2019 HARARE - The main opposition MDC has petitioned Parliament over what it described as unwarranted arrests and persecution of its Members of Parliament in the aftermath of the violent protests that rocked the country last week. MDC Alliance legislators, Amos Chibaya of Mkoba, Livingstone Chimina...
Of mute MPs and their mute brigade 6 January 2019 HARARE - Parliament offers its members many platforms to speak on diverse issues. A member can rise on the floor to table a petition, a private members’ Bill, raise a matter of national importance, ask a question or provide information on a pertinent matter. Parliamentarians may also stand ...
Legislators humiliated overseas over Zim debt 29 December 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe's Parliament has over 12-year-old debt arrears owed to regional and international parliamentarian organisations, Parliament heard recently. This comes after Zimbabwe's national debt has remained at its peak standing at more than $18,4 billion. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe has been ...
Mthuli, Ziyambi grilled over 2 percent tax 28 December 2018 HARARE - MDC legislators last week grilled Finance minister Mthuli Ncube and Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi over the legality of the two percent tax which was introduced in October this year. Speaking in the National Assembly, opposition MPs argued that the minister did not follow proper leg...
Of Parly fashion police, odd dressers 24 December 2018 HARARE - The National Assembly is hardly the place you would picture participants being dressed down for not dressing appropriately, but opposition legislators Job Sikhala and Trevor Saruwaka have had their bad days for getting on the wrong side of parliamentary fashion police. Last week, MDC ...
Parly in 12-hr marathon sitting 24 December 2018 HARARE - In one of its rare sittings, last week legislators held a marathon 12-hour National Budget debate on Thursday as they could only adjourn sitting early Friday morning. The National Assembly usually starts around 14:00 hours before adjourning around 17:00 hours but for Thursday it was b...
Party, state conflation awry 17 December 2018 HARARE - Over the years, one of Zimbabwe's greatest handicaps — and one that led to run-away expenditure by any standard for a little geographical entity as ours — has been the conflation of party and government functions. This trend, which started during the dark years of former president Rob...
ED spoils Cabinet 9 December 2018 HARARE - With the majority of the citizenry getting poorer by the day owing to the biting economic crisis, the cash-strapped government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa has splurged over $2 million on top-of-the-range Land Rover Discovery vehicles for Cabinet ministers. The 'Daily News on Sunda...
Of political survivors in Ninth Parliament 9 December 2018 HARARE - It is often said that local filmmakers struggle to find content that appeals to Zimbabweans.  But if they look closer at the National Assembly, they could easily find sufficient fodder for a good script on ultimate political survivors. In the current Parliament, there are a number ...
Biti blasts globe-trotting, absent Finance minister 8 December 2018 HARARE - Former Finance minister Tendai Biti has called on Parliament to rein in new Treasury chief Mthuli Ncube for not prioritising debate on the 2019 Budget instead prioritising foreign travel. Describing the action as “disrespect,” Biti, who is also the opposition MDC deputy national chair...
35 MPs denied CDF 8 December 2018 HARARE - Thirty-five MPs from the eighth Parliament who failed the House's audit of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) will be denied access to the same in this session's CDF allocation, Parliament announced on Tuesday. The country's Legislature undertook to embark on an exercise to audit...
Zanu PF wants MDC legislators punished for contempt of Parly 8 December 2018 HARARE - Parliament's standing rules and orders should be tweaked to enable it to punish opposition MPs whose conduct have become a “nuisance” in the House by disrupting business of the House, a Cabinet minister has suggested. Leader of government business in Parliament Ziyambi Ziyambi tabled ...
Zim Parliament farce worsening 6 December 2018 HARARE - Parliamentary proceedings descended into yet another farce yesterday when Cabinet ministers refused to answer questions from MDC legislators to protest the opposition's continued refusal to acknowledge President Emmerson Mnangagwa as the legitimate leader of the country. It eventually...
New capital city taking shape 6 December 2018 HARARE - The new capital city proposed by government in Mount Hampden, Zvimba is taking shape as construction of its New Parliament building has already commenced. Consultant architect Hilary Mukaratirwa told the media yesterday the new city is estimated to cost about $10 billion including off...
MPs savage Ncube's 2019 budget 5 December 2018 HARARE - Parliamentarians from across the political divide have savaged Finance minister Mthuli Ncube's yet-to-passed 2019 National Budget proposals accusing the Treasury chief of ignoring their recommendations. In the report tabled in the National Assembly yesterday in response to the 2019 Na...
Funding for new Parliament questioned 3 December 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe is set to receive $165 million of Chinese aid for the full construction of a new Parliament building in Mt Hampden, yet Finance minister Mthuli Ncube has allocated $3,8 million in the 2019 National Budget to bankroll construction of the same building. This comes just after Pr...
ED lays foundation for new Parliament building 1 December 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday did the official ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of new Parliament in Mt Hampden. Construction of the Chinese-funded new bicameral Parliament building will take 32 months. Speaking at the ceremony, Mnangagwa said the country rece...
MDC pours scorn on Mudenda 24 November 2018 HARARE - National Assembly Speaker Jacob Mudenda was offside when he ordered the expulsion of MDC MPs from the house for failing to stand up in honour of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the party's president Nelson Chamisa said yesterday. MDC legislators were violently expelled from the National...
Chaos in Parly 23 November 2018 HARARE - There was pandemonium in Parliament after National Assembly Speaker Jacob Mudenda ejected opposition MDC Members of Parliament from the house for refusing to stand up in honour of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the Daily News can report. Mnangagwa had come to the august House to list...
Chaos in Parliament 23 November 2018 HARARE - There was pandemonium in Parliament after National Assembly Speaker Jacob Mudenda ejected opposition MDC Members of Parliament from the house for refusing to stand up in honour of President Emmerson Mnangagwa. [Adz] [GoogleAd]
Ground-breaking ceremony for new Parly set for November 30 21 November 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa will on November 30 preside over a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a new Parliament building in Mt Hampden. Addressing a news conference yesterday, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services minister Monica Mutsvangwa told reporters ...
Parly asked to bump up disability allowance 16 November 2018 HARARE - PublicService, Labour and Social Welfare deputy minister Lovemore Matuke has called on Parliament to review disability benefit claims from $15 a month to a higher award to sustain the needs of the physically challenged. Matuke told the National Assembly earlier this week that people l...
MPs slam Parly's 'inadequate arrangements' 15 November 2018 HARARE - Legislators have slammed the Parliament of Zimbabwe for lacking proper facilities for handicapped people after a visually impaired Zanu PF proportional representative MP, Rossy Mpofu, almost fell while going to the podium to present her motion. Mpofu almost fell as she was going to th...
MPs' allowances to be slashed 13 November 2018 HARARE - Members of Parliament are to get their sitting allowance cut in an attempt to reduce the public wage bill. The MPs' $75 per sitting pay will be slashed, although their salaries will remain unchanged and will still get Parliament-issued vehicles. The lawmakers vigorously blocked atte...
MDC MPs begin Ninth Parly impressively 15 October 2018 HARARE - While it could be too early to judge the performance of legislators in the Ninth Parliament, MDC parliamentarians have had a good start judging from the number of motions they have so far raised in the National Assembly. Members of Parliament from the MDC introduced a number of motion...