MPs summon Mugabe to Parly

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HARARE – President Robert Mugabe should attend Parliament regularly to answer pressing national issues, legislators said yesterday.

The request was tabled by MPs  during an induction workshop for lawmakers held in Harare.

Wednesday and Thursday have been reserved for the ministerial question-and-answer time in the National Assembly and Senate respectively.

Agnes Sibanda, an MDC MP,  tabled the request saying Mugabe must come to Parliament to answer questions given the bunking by government ministers.

“We always have questions for President Mugabe and he must come to Parliament, than for us to see him only during the official opening of Parliament and that is once in five years,” Sibanda said.

“It will be good if he can attend frequently as his ministers are not attending parliamentary debates.”

Jacob Mudenda, speaker of the National Assembly, said there are provisions in the new Constitution which compel members of the executive to attend Parliament.

“The Constitution of Zimbabwe Section 107 (2) states that all members of the executive must attend Parliament,” Mudenda said.

Austin Zvoma, Clerk of Parliament said that the House was in the process of setting up administrative procedures to enable Mugabe to attend and answer the lawmakers’ questions.

“It is in our Constitution and we are making the necessary arrangements that the President can come to Parliament and answer questions,” said Zvoma.

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