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We are used to I-phones, teach us to use Samsung, says MPs

Legislators have asked Parliament to make an arrangement for them to be taught on how to use Samsung tablets, adding that they are used to I-phones.

The tablets are part of a long list of luxury demands that legislators have made to the government in the past years.

Speaking in the National Assembly, Norton legislator Temba Mliswa said they need lessons to enable them to effectively navigate their new tablets since they are not familiar with the Samsung brand.

I would also like to say these tablets that we got – I think we need to have a 30-minute lesson for all of us because some of us are used to the I-phone and not Samsung.

So anybody who needs further education on it can then see the ICT specialists. I think an understanding is needed,” he said.


According to the Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda, the tablets are part of a strategy towards a paperless Parliament where all documents needed to conduct Parliament business will no longer be printed but sent electronically to the legislators.

And while this strategy has started being implemented, legislators reported that they are having a torrid time locating the documents via the electronic gadgets as they are not familiar with Parliament’s website.


I also saw that you have a heading known as Votes & Proceedings yet it is the Order Paper. I said to the Clerk, we know it as the Order Paper– how many people know it as Votes and Proceedings?

We are used to calling it the Order Paper so maybe until we get to the point of understanding, maybe Order Paper will be the best to put it under because we know what the Order Paper is.

Votes & Proceedings, I actually wanted to ask what it was and I was told it is the Order Paper So I thought it would be important to explain what each heading means so that we are familiar, or else I think they will not serve the purpose that they intend to serve,” said Honourable Mliswa.

Although it is not confirmed, but it is believed that most legislators in Zimbabwe are ICT illiterate which explains their absence on social media and other platforms that are internet-based.

To make matters worse, some of these legislators are yet to upload even their profiles on the Parliament’s website.

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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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