A former government minister has complained that not one minister came to respond to their debate on the President Speech.
Winding up the debate on the President Speech Senator Michael Nyambuya, a former Energy Minister and Governor for Manicaland, said he hoped this would change in the fifth session.
“Madam President, it is with regret and actually very sad that I would like to register and I am sure I speak on behalf of the other Hon. Senators here; I want to register our displeasure, our dismay and indeed deep regret that no Ministers came to respond to this very good debate which ensued in the House,” Nyambuya said yesterday.
“It is my hope that this point is going to be noted as one of the biggest disappointments in so far as Senators are concerned.
“We hope the Executive is going to take very seriously the contributions which are made in this august Senate by the Hon. Senators as pointed out in the debate. I hope it will not happen again in the Fifth Session. “
Zimbabwe’s government ministers have been roundly condemned, even by Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda, of not taking Parliament seriously as they are often not present to answer questions from legislators on question time.
The lower House has question time on Wednesdays while the Senate has it on Thursdays.
The opposition Movement for Democratic Change has even threatened to charge some of the ministers with contempt of Parliament.