Parliament resumes sitting after two-week break

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Both Houses of Parliament resume sitting today after a two-week break following the official opening of the Fourth Session of the Seventh Parliament by President Robert Mugabe recently.

Order papers from the House of Assembly and Senate show there will not be much business for discussion by MPs when they resume sitting, except to debate the Presidential Speech.

The motion to debate in reply to the issues raised in the Presidential Speech was moved by Zvimba East MP Patrick Zhuwao (Zanu PF).

The new session of Parliament promises fireworks as President Mugabe announced 19 Bills would be crafted, among them those dealing with electoral reforms.

“The constitution-making process, which should see us emerge with a people-driven Constitution, is now heading for the drafting stage,” said President Mugabe.

“As part of the preparations for the elections to be held thereafter, the Referendum Bill, together with the amendments to the Electoral Act agreed to by the negotiating teams from the three political parties in the Global Political Agreement and adopted by Cabinet, will be tabled before this Parliament.”

After the drafting stage of the new Constitution, Parliament is expected to debate and pass the Constitutional Bill.

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission Bill will continue to be crafted during this session, after it was aborted in the previous Third Session of the Seventh Parliament during Second Reading Stage when MDC-T lawmakers asked for more time to study it.

It is also likely MDC-T MP for Hwange Central Brian Tshuma will introduce a motion to oust Clerk of Parliament Austin Zvoma. However, Tshuma yesterday opted to play it down.

“I am only aware of a drive by the party to reform public institutions, and it will probably be an issue of parliamentary reforms and nothing to do with Zvoma – but anyway I feel it is high time he also retired,” said Tshuma.