Members of Parliament have been urged to use simply English when debating in Parliament, desist from using ‘BIG’ words and break down the technical jargon into simply terms.
This comes after a barrage of criticism aimed at some legislators who use complicated English confusing their electorate.
Tatenda Mbira a vendor in the CBD said “the issue of language is a very big problem as some Mps use big words which we don’t understand, being ranked as a nation with high literacy rate doesn’t mean that everyone can understand English let alone that technical jargon.
“There should use simply English and a mixture of our indigenous languages so that no one is left behind in understanding what is being debated in Parliament,” he said.
Ronald Moyo had this to say “Sometimes l get confused trying to understand what our legislators will be saying you see them throwing out big words that needs a dictionary for interpretation we don’t need that. There should use simply English which most of us can understand,” he said.
Memory Goko said Parliament was not a platform where Mps could show off their academic inclination but place to table issues that concern the electorate.
“Most of our legislators go to Parliament just to outclass each other on who speaks better English than who but as the electorate we didn’t vote for them, they should know their role as MPs and we need to understand what there will be talking about.
“In Zimbabwe we have people who attained different level of education and we have other people who didn’t go to school at all even our elderly need to understand parliament language and parliamentarians should not overlook that,” she said.
Emily Ncube said “any Zimbabwean politician who despises those of his compatriots who are less academically inclined or accomplished than him invites the wrath of people who constitute the majority of the electorate.
While our country’s adult literacy figures are high by any standard, the highest on the African continent, men and women of outstanding scholarly achievement constitute a tiny percentage of the population of Zimbabwe”.