National Assembly, Senate sit in turns

Mugove Tafirenyika

PARLIAMENT has reverted to using its premises as it resumes today with only the National Assembly sitting and using the Senate chamber as well to ensure social distancing is observed amid coronavirus (Covid-19) fears, the Daily News reports.
This comes as the National Assembly used the Harare International Conference Centre last week with only MPs from Harare, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland West and Mashonaland East provinces attending while Senators made use of Parliament Building.
Clerk of Parliament Kennedy Chokuda told the Daily News yesterday that the august House now has a new modus operandi to make sure that all legislative business is conducted at Parliament Building.
“The National Assembly will use both the chambers because from now onwards, Parliament will sit in rotation. This week it’s the National Assembly that is sitting while the Senate will come next week. We are going to make use of the various rooms in the building because they all have speakers. All MPs will attend Parliament starting tomorrow,” Chokuda said.
The decision came after Parliament’s Standing Rules and Orders Committee (SROC) met last week to discuss, among other things, the resumption of business and possible alternatives to facilitate the business of both houses during the lockdown.
 As a contingency measure last week, the CSRO resolved that the National Assembly only sits on Tuesday at HICC for the sake of formally adjourning to this week while the Senate sat the whole week.
This comes as the majority of MDC-Alliance MPs did not turn up for Parliament after party leader Nelson Chamisa directed them to disengage with only seven Senators, including Douglas Mwonzora, Morgen Komichi and Elias Mudzuri turning up.
The others who defied Chamisa’s directive to disengage in solidarity with their four colleagues who were recalled include Christine Rambanepasi (Buhera), Tichinani Mavetera (Masvingo), Winnie Kankuni (Sunningdale)  and Morgan Femai (Harare).
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  1. marawanyika joel says

    looks like some opposition MPs joined politics to earn a living. how can they sympathise with our betrayers. l feel sorry for Senator Morgan Femai because he had remained steadfast in his support Chamisa when there were those defections back then. But now he has gone into political oblivion/dustbin. Chamisa, just like our iconic founder of the MDC, M R Tsvangira is the new face of our democratic struggle- sorry those greed mps come 2023 you are going to lose and be forgotten just like Khupe

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