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Parliamentary round up: Bulletin No. 20 / 2010
Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust
October 21, 2010
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session in the House of Assembly: Questions without Notice
of Ambassadors, Provincial Governors and Judges
undertaking by the Acting Leader of the House, Hon. Prof. Mutambara,
last week, most Ministers attended the question time in the House
yesterday, Wednesday 20 October 2010. The Acting Speaker of the
House of Assembly, Hon. Nomalanga Khumalo, commended the Ministers.
This was against a backdrop of poor attendance by Ministers in the
previous sittings of the House. Last Wednesday the Speaker, Hon.
Lovemore Moyo, appealed to the Acting Leader of the House, Hon.
Prof. Mutambara, to convey the House’s dismay to Cabinet on
the Ministers’ absence. It is hoped that this trend will continue
in future sittings of the House. Question time is very crucial to
backbenchers, because it provides them with an opportunity to raise
policy issues that affect their constituents to the Executive.
The most topical
issue during the question and answer session yesterday related to
the policy and constitutionality of the appointments of ambassadors,
governors and judges. Questions on this issue were raised by Hon.
Mazikana (ZANU PF) and Hon. Mwonzora (MDC-T), respectively. The
Acting Leader of the House, Hon. Prof. Mutambara, said the policy
is expressly defined in the constitution
and in particular Constitutional
Amendment No. 19 for the current political dispensation of inclusive
government. On the constitutionality aspect of it, he said only
the Supreme Court can make a determination on the matter. He encouraged
political parties in the inclusive government to solve their differences
internally and this did not go down well with MDC-T MPs. They interpreted
this as a veiled reference to the action taken by the Prime Minister
who wrote to the EU, UN, S.A. etc dismissing the unilateral appointments
made by President Mugabe.
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