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House business seriously, ministers warned
Motsi, The Herald (Zimbabwe)
resolved to deal with Cabinet ministers who do not take the legislature’s
business seriously and bring their conduct to the attention of the
The Parliamentary Liaison and Coordination Committee (LCC) yesterday
recommended that Cabinet ministers who did not respond to issues
raised in Parliament involving their ministries should be summoned
to the legislature and the President made aware of their behaviour.
The recommendation was made at the end of a three-day LCC retreat
and media relations workshop here.
The committee noted that the majority of the ministers were in the
habit of not responding to pertinent issues related to their ministries
According to parliamentary Standing Orders, ministers should respond
to issues raised in the House of Assembly and the Senate within
10 working days.
The committee resolved that if ministers did not respond to issues
raised in Parliament within the stipulated time then the presiding
officers (Speaker of House of Assembly or President of the Senate)
should summon the particular minister and this should be copied
to the President.
It was also resolved that a consolidated report from the LCC capturing
the committee’s recommendations and responses should form part of
the presiding officers’ regular briefing with the President.
There has been concern among the lawmakers over the failure by ministers
to respond to issues raised in the House.
The President of the Senate, Cde Edna Madzongwe, said on Friday
the continued absenteeism of ministers from both Houses during question
time was a cause for concern.
She was officially opening the three-day workshop.
"The attention of presiding officers of both Houses has been drawn
to the concerns that Parliament in general, and committee chairpersons
in particular, have, with regard to the continued absenteeism of
ministers from both Houses during question time as well as failure
to respond to committee reports and motions," Cde Madzongwe said.
"Let me assure you all that presiding officers sympathise with members’
sentiments and we will play our part in ensuring that members of
the executive avail themselves in Parliament when requested."
The workshop was attended by Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly
Cde Kumbirai Kangai, Deputy President of the Senate Cde Naison Ndlovu
and chairpersons of portfolio committees.
Also in attendance were media practitioners.
The workshop was aimed at reviewing the First Session of the Sixth
Parliament and way forward as well as improving Parliament and media
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