By Staff Reporter.
ZIMBABWEANS will for the first time have an opportunity to mix and mingle with their legislators during the Parliament Open Day scheduled from the 8th to 9th of June 2017 this year.
The Parliament Open Day will be running under the theme, “Parliament of Zimbabwe celebrating 37 years of independence and democracy”.
During the Open Day, citizens will have time to understand and learn the history of Parliament and its evolution from 1924. Parliament and its supporting partners will mount an exhibition documenting the history of the legislature.
Prior to the Open Day, Parliament on Friday last week officially opened its exhibition at the National Arts Gallery where it is exhibiting photos and visual footages on its history.
Commenting on the National Arts Gallery exhibition, Harare West legislator Jessie Majome raised concern on why photos from during the time of Government of National Unity (GNU) were left out.
Majome tweeted on her Twitter account, “It’s strange that Parly Exhibition @NatGalleryZim excluded pictures from GNU era 2008-13 isn’t it part of our History?”
Zimbabweans on Twitter reacted to the tweet giving divergent views with one Privilege Musvanhiri tweeting, “Maybe there were no photographers at the time“.
However, responding to the issue after it was raised by a journalist during a press conference, Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda said while photos from the 7th Parliament might have been omitted, they are however captured in a video that is being played at the exhibition.
“The video that is being played at the Gallery does include pictures of the GNU, so it is there they are captured and no one has been left out. Perhaps they mean somewhere around Parliament here, if that is the case it’s an omission that we may have to correct on the next exhibition.
“We don’t discriminate here politically we are one Parliament and that is why even our committee system we have a mixture of all political parties in each Parliamentary Committee,” he said.
Mudenda insisted that no form of discrimination was allowed at Parliament despite being different when campaigning as political parties.
The concept of Parliament Open Day is not a new phenomenon globally as the National Assembly of Kenya held its open day for the first time in 2014 while the European Parliament held its open day this year on the 6th of May. Other countries that have had similar events include Rwanda, South Africa, New Zealand and the Czech Republic.