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Parliamentary round up: Bulletin No. 24 / 2010
Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust
November 09, 2010
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of Parliament resumed sitting yesterday, Tuesday 9 November
2010. The House of Assembly debated the National
Security Council Amendment Bill and the reply to the Presidential
Speech motion, which generated heated debate in the House. The
Senate debated and adopted the motion on reply to the Presidential
Speech. This motion was carried over from the previous session.
of Assembly Plenary - Reply to the Presidential Speech Motion
motion in reply to the presidential speech, Hon Maxwell Dube (MDC-M
Tsholotsho South) called upon government to establish a truth and
reconciliation commission to deal with human rights abuses in Matabeleland
that happened in the early 80s, commonly known as Gukurahundi atrocities.
He took a swipe at the National Healing and Reintegration Organ
for failing in its mandate.
Chitando (MDC-T Masvingo Central) argued that for as long as there
was disrespect for the Global
Political Agreement, torture and intimidation of citizens and
no rule of law, there was no reason to call for the lifting of sanctions.
Hon Felix Sibanda
(MDC- T Magwegwe) said there was need to revisit the land reform
programme as it had been carried out on political basis. He also
stressed the need for members to critically analyze the presidential
speech and not to just praise it.
Hon Betty Chikava
(ZANU PF Mount Darwin East) urged government to attach great importance
in supporting women in the areas of agriculture and mining as they
were capable of contributing to the economic growth.
Hon Edward Raradza (ZANU PF Muzarabani South) stressed the need
for MPs to desist from shooting down each others views purely on
political grounds but urged Members to debate issues in a constructive
manner. Hon Margaret Zinyemba (ZANU PF Mazowe South) lent her support
to Hon. Raradza’s contribution as she appealed to Members
to take parliamentary sessions seriously as they had a mandate from
their constituencies to debate on important matters and not to engage
in bickering and heckling as it was not progressive.
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