Are Chiwenga, Kazembe Kazembe and Mthuli Ncube reneging on their ministerial duties?


HON. MARKHAM: Thank you Mr. Speaker. My problem is the dereliction of duty by the Ministers. I am giving examples to back up for the nation what we asked here which is being ignored by the Ministers and that is all I am saying. So I will list them just to give you an example of what is being ignored. We were promised a statement by the Ministry of Health and we were promised a statement by the Ministry of Home Affairs on I.D. registration. The Ministry of Home Affairs as you ruled, no one must be left behind with the registration of national identity documents. In fact he has been to our area and nothing has happened. The Road Repair Fund Programme, we asked for an update of roads because every Member of Parliament knows what is going on but nothing happened. We asked for a detailed performance from the Minister of Finance on the Special Drawing Rights but nothing has happened. We asked again about the ZAMCO list from the Ministry of Finance but nothing happened.

My point of national interest is: when does it become a dereliction of duty either from the Ministry or from this House or the Chief Whip who is asked to pass on the messages? I am at a loss on what to do or what we are doing. I thank you.

THE HON. SPEAKER: I will check on progress because some of the issues you raise, especially from Ministry of Finance, you were responded to directly. The Minister said he will not give details because of the issue of contractual agreement. Do you recall that?

HON. MARKHAM: The issue that the Minister was referring to on confidentiality was to the double settlement deed with farmers. That one I accepted but ZAMCO, he promised to give us and it is in the Hansard that he would release the list to us and we have not received it. He has not asked me to come and get it. I do not know what to do. I do not know how we can acquire debt when we do not know what it is for.

THE HON. SPEAKER: No, no, you cannot say you do not know what to do. You are surrendering. Do not surrender. You are a soldier, you soldier on. Can I have that list given to the Clerk and I want to give you an undertaking that I will personally write to the concerned Ministers with a deadline accordingly.



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The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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