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Parliamentary Monitor: Issue 30
Monitoring Trust (Zimbabwe)
May 16, 2012
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Well well well, the season of political madness is upon
us. It is not the elections, this or next year. It is mere madness
that has been loosened upon our politicians and we as the people
of Zimbabwe have a mandate to tell them that you have gone too far.
From legislating prostitution, to free electricity through to sex
toys in prisons then the KAPUT thesis to make women shabby to reduce
spread of HIV/Aids. That aside, there was another sign of madness
last week when MPs demanded that they get stands in the leafy suburbs.
We call this madness! Becoming an MP is not a fulltime job. This
is one big mistake most of these guys make. There is no job in this
world where you attend a few sessions and break. The argument may
be that they spend more time in the constituencies and who-ever
accepts that would accept anything. This is not a fulltime job.
One then questions the wisdom of having a duly elected MP, requesting
a stand in a leafy suburb in Harare. It is syllogistic to say that
when they get the stand, it will reduce the burden on government.
We have 210 Members of the House
of Assembly. Working on this figure, not including the senators,
210 stands will be availed. What will happen should all lose their
seats in the next elections? We will have another batch of stands
availed. Then what is the cycle continues? The whole issue smacks
of selfishness. Something we have seen in our politics of late.
They are there not to serve the people but their own interests.
The issue is simple. If they have realised that housing is important,
why are they not pushing for legislation that ensures all Zimbabweans
have a right and means to housing? What makes them so special that
they need housing in Harare even if they represent a rural constituency?
It is a very simple matter. The legislators should have pushed for
the establishment of a Parliamentary Village. One that would accommodate
all of those outside Harare. It is a more focused and long term.
This is one of the international best practices. After all there
is talk of building a new Parly then this should be incorporated.
Then there is what Prof Welshman Ncube is proposing. Moving Parly
to Bulawayo, the country’s second largest city. If it happens
that way, are we not having wasted resources? It has been realised
these people are thinking of themselves to the detriment of our
own welfare. Why not start with, like in sport, Yellow Card, for
their selfish showing. Should this continue, then we red card them
in the next election.
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