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Our tablets have no sim-card slots, how do we use them: MP

Kadoma Central legislator Muchineripi Chinyanganya has asked Parliament to explain how they are supposed to use their new Samsung tablets adding that they have no sim-card slots.

Legislators received (Samsung) ICT-tablets a few weeks ago in a move meant to reduce printing costs for Parliament, however, the legislators appear to be having a torrid time using the new gadgets with Norton legislator Temba asking for lessons on how to navigate the gadget.

READ: GOVT FINALLY BUYS MPS SAMSUNG TABLETS

This week, Kadoma Central legislator asked Parliament to explain how they can use the tablets that do not have sim-card slots.

“I rise on a point of privilege. We were given these tablets but they do not have sim card slots. How does Parliament expect us to use them…,” he said.

READ: WE ARE USED TO I-PHONES TEACH US TO USE SAMSUNG: MPS

However, he was cut short before he could finish his point of privilege by the Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda who said all challenges related to the tablets should be taken to the Parliament’s ICT Department.

Order Honourable Member. You were not here and you must read the Hansard. I said last time if you have got any issues about the use of tablets go and see our ICT Department.

All matters relating to the use of tablets refer them to ICT and they will tell you what we agreed with your Chief Whips and what needs to be done. I refer you there and you will get the answer from there.

READ: PARLIAMENT HANSARD HERE 25 FEBRUARY 2020

Honourable Chinyanganya, we agreed as a Committee on Standing Rules and Orders and your Honourable Chief Whips were supposed to advise you on how to get around the issue of even Wi-Fi and what not and how that problem can be solved.

Go to ICT and you will get the answer. If your Chief Whips did not tell you, ask them,” he said.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is the news editor for OpenParlyZW an online platform that covers Parliament of Zimbabwe activities using social media (Twitter and Facebook). He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum and a board member of Digital Communication Network.

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