Parliament resumes sitting today

By Portia Sigauke

The honeymoon for legislators has officially come to an end as the Parliament of Zimbabwe resumes sitting today after adjourning for the festive season on December 17 last year.
Both the National Assembly and Senate open today.
Last year, Parliament ended with six Bills that were gazetted awaiting presentation in Parliament including the Manicaland State University of Applied Sciences Bill; the Gwanda State University Bill; the Special Economic Zones Bill, the Public Finance Management Amendment Bill and the Minerals Exploration and Marketing Corporation Bill as well as the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission Bill.
As Parliament business resumes, l challenge the legislators to be more proactive and initiate meaningful debates and do away with bringing meaningless issues that have nothing to do with ordinary Zimbabweans.
After such a long recess, I am tempted to believe that each one of them was moving around his or her constituency meeting their electorate, hopefully taking notes on the issues that need to be addressed.
Moving motions on the issues that affect people that they represent should be on top of their agenda. A new year means new beginnings and hopefully a changed attitude, especially for those legislators who go to Parliament just to cause chaos with their rowdy behaviour.
Political indifferences should be set aside and shift their focus to debating progressive issues that could take our country forward. Let’s hope 2016 strikes a different and more mature tone in the August House.

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