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Parliamentary Roundup Bulletin No. 18 - 2011
Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust
June 14, 2011
of Assembly resumed business yesterday after a three week break
necessitated by COPAC Thematic Committee meetings.
House only debated the condolence motion on Welshman Mabhena, the
former Governor and Resident Minister of Matabeleland North Province
who died on 24 October 2010. The motion was introduced in the House
by Hon. Reggie Moyo, Member of Parliament for Luveve Constituency
(MDC-T). He was seconded by Hon. Harrison Mudzuri (MDC-T Zaka Central
his motion, Hon. Moyo said Mabhena’s heroic contribution to
the liberation struggle and his post independence record on national
development spoke for themselves. Thus, his hero’s status
was unquestionable. Hon. Moyo also narrated the trials and tribulations
that Mabhena went through after independence during the political
tension between PF ZAPU and ZANU PF, often referred to as the “Gukurahundi
atrocities”, where PF ZAPU supporters were persecuted by the
5th Brigade. This did not go down well with some ZANU PF MPs, who
heckled Hon. Moyo and accused him of “opening old wounds”.
was declared a National Hero, his family refused to have him interred
at the National Shrine as per his wish.
While the House
was generally agreed that the national hero’s status conferred
on Welshman Mabhena’s was a befitting tribute by the nation,
Members differed on the criterion used. MDC Members argued that
the National Heros Acre was a national monument and hence those
buried there should be selected in a non-partisan manner to ensure
that people buried at the shrine were men and women of integrity.
- Hon. Jorum
Gumbo (ZANU PF Chief Whip) gave notice to introduce a condolence
motion in the House on the death of Edgar Tekere on Wednesday
15 June 2011.
- Hon. Seiso
Moyo gave notice of a presentation of the First Report of the
Portfolio Committee on Media on the state of the public media
on Wednesday 15 June 2011.
- Hon. Moses
Jiri gave notice of a presentation of the First Report of the
Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Land s and water Resources
on the plight of tobacco farmers on Wednesday 15 June 2011.
The first half
of today’s sitting will be preceded by the Question and Answer
Session before private members’ motions.
Status of Bills As At June 15, 2011
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Senate is on
recess until 5 July 2011.
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