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

Who is leader of the House, Mnangagwa or Bonyongwe?

By Staff Reporter There was chaos in the National Assembly during Wednesday’s question and session as MDC-T legislators demanded that Deputy Speaker of Parliament Mable Chinomona inform the House as to who is now the leader of government business following a Cabinet reshuffle last week. Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa was the leader of the house by virtue of being the Minister of Justice, legal and … Continue reading Who is leader of the House, Mnangagwa or Bonyongwe?

Why Zimbabwe MPs don’t think straight

By Daniel Chigundu Nkayi South legislator Abednico Bhebhe says Parliament of Zimbabwe has been failing to make quality laws because legislators are not thinking straight due to poverty. Despite being poorly remunerated legislators in Zimbabwe have gone for many months without receiving their sitting allowances and fuel allocation. Speaking in the National Assembly during a debate on the adoption of a Code of Conduct and … Continue reading Why Zimbabwe MPs don’t think straight

Why Shona speakers cannot teach Ndebele in Matabeleland

By Daniel Chigundu Pelandaba-Mpopoma legislator Joseph Tshuma says the government must immediately stop Shona people who are teaching Ndebele in Matabeleland because they are not properly qualified and are distorting the language. Debating on the President’s speech in the National Assembly, Honourable Tshuma said he was not being tribalistic or regionalistic, but people in the region are not happy with Shona people teaching Ndebele. “There … Continue reading Why Shona speakers cannot teach Ndebele in Matabeleland

Is Chamisa president Wabantu?

By Daniel Chigundu Nelson Chamisa has long been associated with one of the three factions in MDC-T that seeks to succeed party president Morgan Tsvangirai. Although Chamisa (39 years old) himself has not declared his interests and has denied the claims a couple of times, many people in and outside the party have still thrown his name in the highly contentious hat. With Tsvangirai’s health … Continue reading Is Chamisa president Wabantu?

Girl-child abuse: Govt urged to do more

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa Zimbabwe National Council for Welfare of Children (ZNCWC) director Reverend Taylor Nyanhete says while the government has done a remarkable thing by providing safe houses for abused girls, there is need to do more to cater for those who need extra help. Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare has spearheaded a program where about 56 young girls have already been … Continue reading Girl-child abuse: Govt urged to do more

Social media abuse: Tsvangirai distances himself

 By Daniel Chigundu MDC-T president Morgan Tsvangirai has distanced himself from social media groups that are reportedly abusing and bullying out-spoken legislator Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga. Mushonga who ravaged Tsvangirai a few weeks ago over his handling of Thokozani Khupe has been a victim of cyber abuse and has even engaged the police and embassies to deal with the matter. The outspoken legislator, who is sometimes accused … Continue reading Social media abuse: Tsvangirai distances himself

Is Shumba extorting companies?

By Daniel Chigundu OUTSPOKEN Norton legislator Temba Mliswa has told the National Assembly that Mines and Energy Committee chairperson Daniel Shumba is demanding money from companies so that they won’t appear before his portfolio committee. Raising a point of order in the National Assembly, Honourable Mliswa said he has evidence to show that Honourable Shumba has extortionist tendencies and must be reigned on. “…He (Shumba) … Continue reading Is Shumba extorting companies?