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The House of Assembly this week resumed sitting with most ministers absent on Wednesday to take questions from MPs during the question and answer session.

From all the 14 questions that were listed on the Order Paper under questions with notice, only one question was answered by the Deputy Minister of Economic Planning and Development, Samuel Undenge.

The General Laws Amendment Bill also had to go through Committee Stage with less than 25 MPs present, resulting in the Deputy Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Gift Chimanikire, calling a point of order that there was no quorum.

On Thursday, the House of Assembly only sat for nine minutes and then adjourned to May 17, while Senate adjourned to the May 10.

Meanwhile, the President of the Senate, Edna Madzongwe yesterday told a visiting parliamentary delegation from the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade of Australia that Zimbabwe was trying to re-engage Australia, the European Union and all other former friends of Zimbabwe to mend the relationships that had gone sour.

“We are very grateful for the work that has been done by Australia through your embassy because we received a lot of assistance for our sanitation programmes and water treatment in our second city, Bulawayo as that city has perennial water shortages,” said Madzongwe.

“The Australian government helped us by drilling boreholes at the University of Zimbabwe where we were facing water shortages.”

Madzongwe said Zimbabwe was trying to make efforts to re-engage and Australia had been supportive of South African President Jacob Zuma in his mediation efforts towards achieving what was set out in the GPA.

The leader of the Australian delegation, Joel Fitzgibbon said he shared the same ideals with Madzongwe in terms of the GPA and hoped all parties would work together.