2018 budget: Why female MPs must stand up

By Daniel Chigundu As Parliament resume sitting on December 19, mainly to pass the 2018 National Budget, female legislators have the burden to stand up for social services. Poor social services provision in Africa, affects women and girls more than men owing to their biological make-up and societal expectations. Zimbabwe is currently facing various social service challenges chiefly in the area of health care provision, … Continue reading 2018 budget: Why female MPs must stand up

Women’s representation in Parliament: where to after 2023?

By Buhle Tshavango. Women’s representation in Parliament has recorded a slight increase in recent years owing to 60 reserved seats in the National Assembly, however there is not enough time to celebrate the impact as this quota system clause is nearing its 2023 pegged sunset. According to the Research and Advocacy Unit  (RAU), since the  1995 Beijing Declaration, the number of women in  National Assembly … Continue reading Women’s representation in Parliament: where to after 2023?

Cornered Mugabe resigns in shame

By Daniel Chigundu President Robert Mugabe who was facing mounting pressure since last week Wednesday has finally resigned putting an end to a 37-year uninterrupted reign. Mugabe who took the reins at independence in 1980 has been accused of running down the country owing to unpopular policies which chased away the much-needed investors. Under his rule, the country has gone through some of its worst … Continue reading Cornered Mugabe resigns in shame

Why Mugabe cant save himself from impeachment

By Daniel Chigundu While under-fire President Robert Mugabe might still remain leader of the country owing to various constitutional provisions, he is however unable to save himself from impeachment. According to analysts, Mugabe is seriously running out of options as Parliament is likely to impeach him on Tuesday if Zanu PF and the army generals fail to remove him through current negotiations. Mugabe is said … Continue reading Why Mugabe cant save himself from impeachment

Electoral Bill: Ziyambi promises peaceful public hearings

By Daniel Chigundu Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs chairperson Ziyambi Ziyambi says people who will attend the Insolvency Bill and Electoral Amendment Bill public hearings are assured of a non-violent meeting. Contentious Bills such as Local Government Amendment Bill, Peace and Reconciliation Bill and the Electoral Law Reforms Bill have previously drawn vicious violence. And former committee chairperson Honourable Jessie Majome was … Continue reading Electoral Bill: Ziyambi promises peaceful public hearings

Mahere ups her game for Mount Pleasant seat

By Buhle Tshavango Aspiring independent legislator for Mount Pleasant advocate Fadzai Mahere has upped her game in a bid wrestle the constituency away from Jaison Passade by launching a campaign that has seen her constantly engaging with residents in the area. Mahere has over the past few months taken up various initiatives to encourage residents to register for the upcoming elections. Her back-to-back campaign blitz … Continue reading Mahere ups her game for Mount Pleasant seat

US$4m in the bag: MPs now want duty free Certificates

By Buhle Tshavango Legislators who managed to arm-twist the financially broke government this week to release US$4 million towards their outstanding sitting allowances say the now want duty free-certificates to import cars. According to a circular from the treasury, legislators should have received at least half of their outstanding allowances by next week Wednesday (6th of November) while logistics for the remainder are being worked. … Continue reading US$4m in the bag: MPs now want duty free Certificates

Khupe, Chamisa clash over US$5m CDF

By Daniel Chigundu Outspoken legislator and women’s rights advocate Thokozani Khupe yesterday clashed with Kuwadzana East legislator Nelson Chamisa in the National Assembly over the distribution of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF). The government has secured about US$5 million which will be distributed as part of the US$50 000 CDF to 210 Parliamentary Constituencies. Zimbabwe Parliament has 350 legislators, with 210 elected directly from constituencies … Continue reading Khupe, Chamisa clash over US$5m CDF

CDF saga: MPs now demand US$75K

Daniel Chigundu Legislators have demanded that the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) which is currently pegged at US$50 000 be adjusted to US$75 000 because of inflation. Treasury has already marshalled about US$5 million in CDF funds to be disbursed to the 210 legislators as soon as the constitution for the fund has been adopted by Parliament. Speaking in the National Assembly, Norton legislator Temba Mliswa … Continue reading CDF saga: MPs now demand US$75K

Sitting allowances: MPs sold a dummy again

By Daniel Chigundu Parliament of Zimbabwe has failed to honour its promises made to legislators two weeks ago with regards to payment of outstanding sitting allowances and Ipads. Speaker of National Assembly Jacob Mudenda had promised that the legislators would have received their outstanding dues by the 31st of October this year, however, the allowances are yet to be paid. Asked about the issues in … Continue reading Sitting allowances: MPs sold a dummy again