Mudenda in Mugabe blunder

FORMER President Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule still haunts many Zanu PF politicians, who continue to refer him as President instead of the current President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

BY VENERANDA LANGA

Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda had MPs in stitches yesterday at a post-budget seminar at a Harare hotel to discuss the implications of the 2018 National Budget, when he mistakenly mentioned Mugabe as President during his opening speech.

“Indeed, 37 years in power is no joke,” he said, as he corrected himself and apologised for the gaffe.

Mudenda then blasted the Finance ministry for allocating a paltry $57,2 million to Parliament, when they need $100 million to effectively carry out their oversight role on government.

“The paltry $57,2 million allocated to Parliament for the 2018 financial year is a serious negation of our thrust to enhance transparency, accountability and responsiveness as envisaged in the founding values of the Constitution,” he said.

“Parliament had budgeted for $100 million, so that it reaches out to its oversight role to all the 22 government ministries, all commissions, the 92 local authorities and 93 parastatals and State-owned enterprises.”
Mudenda said it would not be possible for Parliament to execute its constitutionally enshrined responsibilities.

He said the failure to comprehensively fund Parliament amounts to a violation of the principle of separation of powers enunciated in section 3 (2)(e) of the Constitution, adding lack of adequate financial resources would impinge on Parliament’s ability to play its oversight, representation and legislative roles.

“Thus, this demands a review of the budget allocated to Parliament by Treasury as a matter of course and urgency,” he said.

Mudenda cautioned MPs against partisan politics when they are outside the country on parliamentary business, saying he was disappointed last year by a delegation that went to Uganda representing Zimbabwe, but started politicking along party lines.

He said the country should not continue to rely on external financing, as it has vast natural resources, adding it was critical to enact legislation relating to the one-stop-shop investment centre.


Mudenda also called for the revamping of the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation, which is presiding over 14 inoperative mines, like Kamativi, which has several minerals including lithium.

11 Comments

  1. Sekuru Chaminuka

    Comment…Mugabe is like Chairman Mao Tsetung. Both remain hugely popular and cant be referred to using past sentence hence there is no need to apologise. Its disturbing for parliament to act childishly by refusing to accept the reality that Zimbabwe is in a serious financial problem. All ministries never got what they wanted, especially the health ministry whose activities cant be postponed

  2. Mr Speaker Sir, this may be a clear message to you from the treasury that your parliament is blotted!!! Please note that Zimbabwe does not need, let alone justify, having 210 constituancies. Maybe you should start the ball rolling to amend that unreasonable part of the constitution to reflect a true picture. 120 constituancies should be enough, and a Senate of not more than 30, including 12 appointees by the President for cabinet posts!!!

    1. I agree with that Shibobo, in fact the Senate must be abolished completely.

  3. Please reduce the number of mps and senators so that this 57m is enough for you Mr Speaker Sir. Nyika haisati yave nemari veduwe!!

  4. mudenda educated failure chii chikuitwa neparliament chachinja zimbabwe shame

  5. Kugarakunzwananahamandishe Garanewako

    Comment…Kana Mutungamri we nyika vakakwanisa kutapudza makurukota eHurumende, zvingakona neyi kuti MPs vatapudzwewo. MPs vakawandisa. Kufunga kwangu 115 MPs.

  6. Mudhara Bob aiiromba, saka hazvishamise.

  7. Kuwiriranakwakanaka Nyikayaramba

    Kana kuri kuKambani kwenyu, anditi mukaona kuti masenzi arikupinda mashoma pane arikubuda mutapudza vashandi? Nekudaro, $100m inokwana 210 Constituancies. Zvoreva kuti $57.2m inokwana pa105 Constistuancies. Uye, zivayi kuti vashandi TOSE tinofanira kukwana mhuka yatinenge
    tauraya kana pagoho redu. Izvi zvekujaira kudya goho revamwe ngazvipere. Ndowirirana nevamwe vatauri, vaMnangagwa, Constituancies ngaave 105 kana 100. Kuitira kuti vashandi vakwane. Nekudaro, pasarudzo dzirikuuya idzi dai maona kuti Constituencies avemashoma. MPs votapudzika homwe yenyika yorerukirwawo. uye MPs neMakurukota ose eHurumende taurayi kunyika hupfumi hwenyu. Kuitira nyika izive zvamunazvo mayererano nehupfumi. Izvi dayi zvaitwa panogarwa
    Paramende yekutanga ya2018. Councellors neMPs vachapinda, votanga vaita zvimwechetezvo vasati vapinda mumakwikwi esarudzo. Shinga mushandi shinga!! Shinga!!

  8. Reduce the number of mps and abolish the senate..why must people think being an mp is a career..vanhu ngavabve mupolitics vaende kumaindustry kuproduction..kubasa..kwete kuswera vachidya zvatashanda vakarara muparliament…No ..people must go back to work
    Politics is not an industry zvese zvimayouth must be used in production yenyika ..politics paweekend.. .Monday to friday munhu kubasa

  9. Ma mps nemaministers akawandisa 57m yakawandisa ,chinonetsa vanoda kuzvipaka nema allowances vasina zvavanoita kusimudzira nyika.senate ngaibve haina basa iya ,zim haina mari.

  10. Our country has no money.!stop that cry for more money. What do you want to do with that money? Our President is working flat out to open industries to generate finance.Let us go to work first.

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