Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Nelson Chamisa has threatened to weed out non-performing Members of Parliament in a bid to groom leaders that are pro-people.
This emerged at a meeting in Mbare where scores of party supporters gathered to listen to Chamisa’s State of the Nation (SONA) and 2020 Agenda address.
“We are against a crop of MPs who are lazy and do not properly represent the will of the people. MPs must go back to the community because you work for the people who elected you,” said Chamisa.
Chamisa also extended the threat to local authorities saying supporters will soon have a hotline where whistle-blowers will be able to report any unsanctioned dealings.
“We will take a no nonsense approach to dealing with integrity, excellence and accountability to cleanse our leadership against corruption and incompetence in the zones we lead.
I am awaiting verified feedback from the Integrity and Accountability Panel, led by Advocate Thabani Mpofu. This panel’s work is to position our councils according to expected and acceptable standards of excellence. The corrupt will be identified and removed from office,” said Chamisa.
The MDC Leader highlighted that his party will strengthen its parliamentary role through its elected Legislators.
“…as part of Agenda 2020, we will deepen our role in Parliament. In 2019, our Members of Parliament continued to work hard under difficult conditions on behalf of the citizens we represent.
The party will use parliament as a theatre of struggle for a better life for Zimbabweans, struggle for democracy. We will strengthen our debating capacity, ensuring that we have more motions that are people-centred and focus on peoples every day issues above all else.We’ll build the capacities of our MPs through a parliamentary research unit to improve the quality of debates and contributions. We will introduce performance scorecards for our MPs and mandatory regular Constituency Feedback Meetings will be implemented to ensure that parliamentary debate is truly representative of the communities we serve,” said Chamisa.