MPs dejected as Parly fails to address concerns

MPs yesterday left the National Assembly unhappy after promises to address their concerns over outstanding allowances, constituency development fund (CDF), and residential stands remained unfulfilled.

BY VENERANDA LANGA

Chairperson of the Welfare Committee for MPs, Prosper Mutseyami, earlier asked Speaker of the National Assembly, Jacob Mudenda, to give MPs feedback on promises made by Finance minister Ignatius Chombo during the pre-budget seminar last week that the MPs would receive their outstanding sitting allowances and other demands by the end of last month.

Mudenda then told the MPs that a circular would be put in their pigeon holes by 3pm yesterday, confirming the transactions that they had requested, and with two provisos which concern stands.

“Other MPs have not indicated their stands preference, and that is outstanding in relation to that an individual gives the structure of the stands. It has been agreed that the Ministry of Local Government will not make you pay for the land value, but you only pay for the servicing of the stands, so that it brings down the cost of the stand.

“With regards to the CDF, Treasury has marshalled $5 million, which should begin to flow in your various accounts provided you open up those accounts and that you appoint a committee to take care of the fund, and most importantly, that the constitution of the fund is adopted by this House, and we appeal to MPs to expedite its adoption. If there is no CDF committee in your constituency, that will not happen,” Mudenda said.

At 3pm, MPs trooped out of the House to see the circular on their allowances, but to their surprise, the letters only contained promises that Parliament was still negotiating with the Finance and Local Government ministries.

A lump sum of $15 million is required to pay off the legislators’s outstanding sitting allowances with each of them entitled to another $50 000 to spearhead constituency development projects.

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  1. Comment…These MPs are busy advocating for their own welfare, stands and CDF, they again want to loot through CDF, what happened to those who looted the funds last time ? They must be asking that question. What stands are they asking for, stands to build what ? sometimes that is when we say its better to elect munhu ane tunhu twake. Most of the areas are not being developed because you are busy advocating for stands and diplomatic passports instead of development in your own area. The problem with our leadership from Councillors to MPs are too much obsessed with cars and stands at the expense of the ordinary people they purport to represent.

  2. Comment…Vanoremekedzwa vaMudenda, zviya ndiyani anoona nezvekuti MPs varikuita mabasa avo avanosurwa kuita nemazvo? Anoona nezvazvo uyu, ngabudise nyinyorwa chinotaura zvakaitwa naMP wegawega. Tionewo zvavarikuita. Voreva chino nechino, ako nekako nekuti voziva kuti vamwe mabasa akupera. Nechikonzero chekuti, apana chavakaitira vanhu vakavasarudza, kubva 2013. CDF MPs vasati vapiwa mari, ngavatange vanyora zvavarikuda kuishandi, uye zvonoda mari. Uyo anoona nezve MPs, ngaadzinge avo vasirikuita mabasa nemazvo (NGAVA SHAFURIWEWO). Kwete kungo SHAFURA makurukota chete. Uye, dzidzisai MPs kuti, vanhu vanenge vavasarudza handivavo. Asi iwo MPs, ndovanhu vedu. Unonzwa MP achiti vanhu vangu. Ini zvangu zvinogwadza chose, zvekunzwa MP achiti vanhu vangu. Makati murikuda kuvapa iPADS. Ngavatange vaita maWEBSITES ematunhu avanomiririra. Pama WEBSITE apa vopa zvavakaita kubva 2013. Asina WEBSITE ngaasapiwa iPAD. Wese arikuda kuita Councellor kana MP, ngaasungirwe kuva neWEBSITE. VaChinamasa votarisa WEBSITE inenge isirikushanda, isina mabasa arikuitwa mudunhu. Vozivisa anoona neCouncellors neMPs. VoSHAFURIWA, kwete kumirira makore mashanu vanhu vari pamudya ndigere. MPs varikuti, makurukota varikutiza mibvunzo kuPARAMENDE. Ivowo varikutiza mibvunzo kuvanhu vematunhu avanomiririra. 2018 vanoda kuita Councellors kana MPs WEBSITE pamberi. Chekutanga paWEBSITE, CVs avo. Zvichisanganisira kuzvarwa, dzidzo, mabasa avakashanda, zvavakabatsirawo
    nazvo mudunhu ravarikuda kumiririra. Uye zvavachada kuita. Councellors neMPs vasitaite mabasa, “NGAVA SHAFURWE.”

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