Written on 26/07/2014, 08:26 by charlesrukuni
Buhera West Member of Parliament Oliver Mandipaka said legislators should not promote lawlessness sin the cities because they wanted votes but must embark on clean politics and educate the people not to do illegal or unlawful things. Contributing to the debate on the harassment of women vendors, Mandipaka, who is a former police officer, said it was important for people to abide by the law to ensure that there was order and security in the country. "Now, a caring government will always try to move in and try to support the efforts of the informal sector by at least constructing good facilities for their cause. Once we do that, we then promote our women," he said. "Mr. Speaker Sir, it would be unfortunate for this august House to promote lawlessness in our cities because we want votes. I think it is high time that we embark on clean politics, where we educate our...
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Written on 25/07/2014, 15:17 by charlesrukuni
Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai today said Zimbabwe was a radarless ship drifting in the high seas because President Robert Mugabe, who this week said the country's economy was on the mend, is in denial. In his address at Chatham House in London, a copy of which was distributed by the party, Tsvangirai said the only way forward was through a "broad church of stakeholders s that include the church, students, industry and civic society". That group would have to...
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Written on 25/07/2014, 12:20 by charlesrukuni
A gay Christian Zimbabwean who felt worthless was saved by the internet when he managed to communicate with a member of the British House of Lords on twitter and got connected to digital communities all over the world to talk about issues he faced. This was disclosed in the House of Lords yesterday by Baroness Lane-Fox during the debate on the Universal Declaration of Rights and how the internet was helping to promote freedom of expression, including religious freedom. "I asked my...
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Written on 25/07/2014, 07:57 by charlesrukuni
The Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda and the President of the Senate Edna Madzongwe yesterday warned government ministers and their deputies that parliament would take stern measures on those who continued to neglect their parliamentary duties including charging them with Contempt of Parliament. In separate but identical statements read to the two houses before the start of business yesterday, the two said some motions had been on the order paper since last year because there had been no responses from the...
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Written on 24/07/2014, 20:33 by charlesrukuni
Makoni South Member of Parliament Mandi Chimene has asked what the point if being friends with China is if Zimbabwe does not copy the good things that China is doing. "Probably there is a friendship which is better than what I am thinking of because if you play with someone who is bright, you should also be bright because you have to copy what your friend does which is right," she said in her contribution to the debate on the harassment...
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Written on 24/07/2014, 13:30 by charlesrukuni
Mabvuku-Tafara Member of Parliament James Maridadi caused quite a stir in Parliament yesterday when he asked Transport Minister Obert Mpofu why Godwills Masimirembwa followed him wherever he went. "When you were Minister of Industry and International Trade, you appointed one Masimirembwa, as Chairman of the Prices Commission. When you became Minister of Mines and Energy, you appointed him Chairman of ZMDC and now you are Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, you have appointed him as the Chairman of CMED. What...
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Written on 24/07/2014, 09:30 by charlesrukuni
While Malema's message resonated with his South African audience who went on to make his party the third largest in the country, nine months after its formation, it did not jell with Zimbabweans-the very people that he was saying had liberated themselves. Instead Zimbabweans are whining day-in, day-out, about how the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front has ruined the country and why its policy of empowering locals is stifling foreign direct investment. The country, they cry, can never recover as long as...
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Written on 23/07/2014, 08:58 by charlesrukuni
Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi came for a roasting in the House of Assembly yesterday when it transpired that President Robert Mugabe's extension of the term of the office of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission board was unconstitutional. He said in a ministerial statement yesterday that the government had only realised after the extension that Mugabe no longer had those powers as they were not vested with Parliament through its Committee on Standing Rules and Orders. "Upon reexamination, it was realised that the...
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Written on 22/07/2014, 18:30 by charlesrukuni
Nkulumane legislator Thamsanqa Mahlangu says the effectiveness of a government is judged by how it takes care of the weak- that is the poor people- so when making policies the government must make sure that they address issues that affect the poor. Contributing to the debate on the harassment of women vendors Mahlangu said he did not agree with the confining of the motion to women because legislators were voted into parliament by men, women and the youths. "We have been complaining...
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Written on 22/07/2014, 11:29 by charlesrukuni
A Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front legislator Lillian Zemura says there would be no need for the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM), a programme aimed at assisting desperate children to go to school, if people were allowed to work for themselves. Contributing to the debate on the harassment of women vendors, Zemura said most people had gone to school using proceeds from vending. It was therefore quite important that vending was recognised as a business with the vendors being registered and...
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Written on 21/07/2014, 18:08 by charlesrukuni
The Member of Parliament for Binga South Gabbuza Joel Gabbuza said at one time he advised fish vendors from his constituency to poison their fish so that National Parks officials who confiscated the fish and fed their families would die because of their satanic behaviour. Contributing to the motion on the harassment of women vendors, Gabbuza said he did not expect such behaviour from government officials who drove in twin-cabs for free. "..In my constituency, a donor agency built a fish market...
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