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Chengetai Zvauya, Daily News
September 03, 2013
Members of Zimbabwe’s
8th Parliament yesterday went through their induction programme
in Harare with some promising to carry out their duties diligently.
participated in the morning session as Zanu PF legislators were
attending their party’s parliamentary caucus at the party
headquarters. Zanu PF MPs did their induction later in the afternoon.
MDC MP for Mabvuku Constituency, said he was looking forward to
start his work as an MP.
for the first time is quite an experience, as people in my constituency
have a lot of expectations from me,” he said.
to debate national issues and I expect less heckling and name calling
from MPs across the political sides.
leave partisan politics outside parliamentary chambers and focus
on debating important motions as the people who voted us expect
to be represented fully. However, I know that I am still a new MP
and I am going to stand guided by my party, but it does not mean
that I have to rubber stamp everything that will be brought before
the house without debating on it.”
was the former chief of protocol in ex-prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s
office, defeated Zanu PF member and lawyer Godwills Masimirembwa
in the July
31 elections to clinch the Mabvuku seat.
an independent MP for Mudzi South, said he was ready to serve his
country. He defeated Eric Navaya who had been nominated by Zanu
PF as its candidate.
been working as a lawyer for the past 30 years and I am now going
to be a legislator and want to contribute in bringing good laws
to the country,” Samukange said.
Order and Security Act (Posa) and Access
to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Aippa) have to
be repealed because they are of no use in a democratic country.
laws have been abused in many instances as I represented people
who were charged with Posa but were cleared by the courts. Under
Posa, people are charged for insulting President Robert Mugabe,
I believe that we don’t have to fear the president but we
have to respect him.
not supported Aippa as I don’t like the way it has been applied
against journalists. If one feels that he has been defamed by a
newspaper article, you can sue the newspaper and the reporter for
civil defamation as I have done in the past.”
that he was a Zanu PF member and was going to be supporting and
voting with them in Parliament.
Zanu PF at heart and I am de facto MP for the party but de jure
Zanu PF MP for Buhera South, expressed joy in coming to Parliament
and said he wanted to perform better than his predecessors. He was
in a humorous mood.
of Buhera expect Chinotimba to repair the roads and put tarred roads,
I want to ask them what Morgan Tsvangirai did for them,” Chinotimba
told the Daily News.
put up tarred roads when he was prime minister but they now expect
Chinotimba to do that for them. I am a small politician compared
to Tsvangirai, who did not do anything to them.
MP Naison Nemadziva had turned the constituency office into a private
office and I have to open it to the public and this is why the people
did not vote for Tsvangirai and his party, because they were cheating
The MPs, who
are expected to be sworn in today will elect a new speaker of the
National Assembly and president of the Senate through secret ballot
conducted by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec).
Clerk of Parliament
Austin Zvoma will administer the oath.
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