MPs break from Copac as parly meets briefly


MPs will tomorrow take a short break from the chaotic constitution-making process to report to Parliament for the House of Assembly adjournment on Wednesday.
“In order not to disrupt the Copac outreach programme, only members of the House of Assembly assigned to Harare and neigbouring provinces, ministers and deputy ministers are required to attend the sitting scheduled for Wednesday to form a quorum and adjourn to accommodate the Copac outreach programme,” Clerk of Parliament Austin Zvoma said.
Among the orders of the day on Wednesday’s Order Paper are the adjourned debate on the second reading on the Public Order and Security Amendment Bill that MDC-T Chief Whip, Innocent Gonese, wants modified to facilitate freedom of association and assembly for Zimbabweans.
“Since we are currently working on constitutional outreach programmes, we will make an assessment to see if people are ready to debate. Obviously because of the outreach programmes, it would not be feasible to wind up debate on the second reading before other people have debated,” said Gonese.
Also appearing on Wednesday’s Order Paper is a motion to be moved by Deputy Prime Minister, Thokozani Khupe (MDC-T), on the National Women’s Economic Development (Wed) plan.
Zanu PF’s Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, Mwenezi East MP, may also introduce a new motion to express solidarity with the Republic of South Africa on the privilege of hosting the Fifa 2010 World Cup.
MPs are expected to ask ministers questions on government policy.
Most of the questions were deferred from March before Parliament adjourned to focus on the new constitution.
Among the questions to be posed is one by Magwegwe MP, Felix Sibanda (MDC-M), to the Minister of Education, Sport Arts and Culture, Senator David Coltart (MDC-M), asking him to give a comparative analysis of the Zimsec and Cambridge ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level 2009 pass rates.
Mazowe Central MP, Shepherd Mushonga (MDC-T), will be expected to ask the Minister of State for State Security in the President’s Office, Sydney Sekeramayi (Zanu PF) to explain whether it is government policy for members of the Central Intelligence Organisation to join political parties and hold provincial party positions while still in active government service.