Legislators who will be attending Parliament on Tuesday have been urged to bring their Samsung tablets so that they can go under software configurations.
The tablets are part of a move towards a Paper-less Parliament as the legislature moves to curb printing costs for its various documents especially the Order Papers.
Parliament has not been meeting due to COVID-19 regulations, a development which has seen some members of the public encouraging them to meet virtually using the tablets so that they can provide the much-needed oversight on government.
However, according to some legislators, it was not possible to use the tablets for virtual meetings as the tablets do not have sim-card slots while the likes of Joanah Mamombe (Harare West) said theirs only connect to Parliament WI-FI.
Senator Morgen Komichi is also on record saying it is not yet possible to hold a virtual Parliament in Zimbabwe as there is no internet connectivity in most rural areas which will affect rural-based legislators from Participating.
In an announcement for the resumption of business for the two Houses (National Assembly and Senate), Clerk of Parliament Kennedy Chokuda said “All members attending Parliament next week are advised to bring their tablets for use and further software configurations.”
According to Chokuda, the National Assembly is meeting to further adjourn due to challenges posed by COVID-19.
“On the 19th of May 2020, the National Assembly will only sit for the purpose of formally adjourning to a later date.
“As previously resolved by the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders, only Members of the National Assembly from Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West, Mashonaland Central and Harare Province will attend the sitting on Tuesday 19th of May 2020,” he said.
The Clerk added that the Senate will sit for the full week as there is urgent business that needs to be disposed of and all Senators are requested to attend.
Parliament also highlighted that all the 8 Portfolio Committees that were given the green light to meet will continue to sit.
The Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care is expected to meet tomorrow at 10 am to receive update from Minster Obadiah Moyo on COVID-19. Get all COVID-19 statistics for Zimbabwe from COVID-TRACKER