Zanu (PF) overshadows sleeping MDC-T in Parliament

Gokwe-Nembudziya MP, Justice Mayor Wadyajena

HARARE- A latest independent report scrutinising the operations of the First Session of the 8thParliament of Zimbabwe reveals Zanu (PF) legislators are eclipsing the MDC T in attendance and in essence contributions to debate, a development critics say gives credence to assertions the opposition is in the august house to make up the numbers.

wadyajena
Justice Mayor Wadyajena

The report by the Research and Advocacy Unit (Rau), entitled Occasional Visitors Re-visited: Attendance in the First Session of the 8thParliament of Zimbabwe, released Tuesdayindicates that the top ten individual performers were all from Zanu (PF).

Critics of the opposition point out that the findings of the report come hardly a day reports indicated the legislators from both the opposition and the ruling party rubber-stamped amendments to the Labour Bill despite it being rejected by the Parliamentary Legal Committee.

The critics are adamant the current composition of the bicameral parliament, in which Zanu (PF) enjoys overwhelming majority in both houses, is ill-equipped to keep checks and balances on the executive, saying at most times ruling party legislators are whipped into line to railroad even flawed legislation.

Gokwe-Nembudziya law-maker Justice Mayor Wadyajena is ranked the best in terms of attendance followed by Sylvern Ricky Nelson Mawere (98%), Molly Mnkandla (98%), Mathias Siqhoza Ndlovu (98%), Monica Chikudu (97%), Lucia Chitura (97%), Raymore Machingura (97%), Tapiwa Felix Mhona (97%), Manoki Mthokozisi Mpofu (97%) and Anna Rungani (97%).

“In the 7th parliament this (top ten attendees) was overwhelmingly MDC-T party members. In the 8th parliament, this has altered completely, and Zanu PF parliamentarians are the most frequent attendees,” reads part of the Rau report. “This is a remarkable change and clearly deserves move investigation.”

The Rau report attributes the “enormous change in the motivation of Zanu (PF) MPs to several public statements by senior ruling party officials demanding better performance from its legislators.

It added that the decline in the performance of the MDC-T to inter-party conflicts and factional fighting which led to a damaging split which saw former secretary general Tendai Biti breaking away from leader Morgan Tsvangirai after controversially losing to President Robert Mugabe in the July 2013 polls.

Ironically Biti is ranked by the Rau report as one the bottom ten attendees of the current parliament.

“The most startling change is that Honourable Tendai Laxton Biti, who has gone from being a star performer in the Seventh parliament despite being a Minister and with the additional burdens of being secretary general of his party and one of the facilitation team. It might be added that his portfolio as Minister, Finance, had to have been one of the more onerous posts of the inclusive government,” the Rau report adds.

But the report is quick to add that it is worth-noting that women members of MDC-T were more frequent attendees than their counterparts in Zanu PF.

Gladys Hlaytwayo, a political analyst who works as the executive director of Zimcet, said as the opposition are in the minority and it might be difficult to register a strong presence in parliament.

“But to a larger extent it’s a question of direction, strategy and vision. It is a fact that the quality of leadership has hit rock bottom in the opposition. The decision to recall those MPs that were siding with Biti and (Elton) Mangoma was ill advised and a demonstration that opposition politics is now preposterous,” said Hlaytwayo.

MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu said his party is studying the report by Rau.

“We treating the analysis contained therein very seriously. Naturally, where appropriate, the leadership of the party will take remedial measures. We are a democratic political party that is determined to bring positive and sustainable development to the nation,” said Gutu.

But Jacob Mafume, the spokesperson for MDC Renewal Team, said opposition legislators appeared to be lethargic in parliament because the speaker gives more time to ZANU PF members to sing praises to the president for one thing or the other.

“They (Zanu pf) control parliament and their numbers are more but then our comrades (MDC-T) made it worse by chasing away the thinking half of Parliament,” said Mafume. – Radio VOP

Related Posts
Saviour Kasukuwere takes bootlicking to new level
Discussing President Mugabe’s successor before the end of his term of office is “treasonous,” Zanu-PF national political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere, has warned. He also warned those with ambitions of succeeding President ...
READ MORE
Mugabe told to muzzle spin doctor
Harare - The Zanu PF Women's League on Wednesday asked President Robert Mugabe to stop his spokesperson, George Charamba, from commenting on party issues. Speaking at a meeting requested by the ...
READ MORE
Mnangagwa redundant in 2018: Mliswa
NORTON MP, Temba Mliswa, says Vice President Emerson Mnangwagwa should take over power from President Robert Mugabe “now” before Zanu PF expires in 2018. Mliswa said if Mnangagwa does not take ...
READ MORE
Zunde blasts Zanu PF, MDC-T
THE newly-formed Zimbabweans United for Democracy (Zunde) party has blasted major political parties in the country accusing them of betrayal and failing to guarantee freedom among the people. BY OBEY MANAYITI Zunde ...
READ MORE
‘Stupid’ West seduced by Mnangagwa: Biti
PEOPLE’S Democratic Party (PDP) leader Tendai Biti has fired a broadside at some “stupid” western ambassadors in Zimbabwe for allegedly jumping into bed with a Zanu PF faction at the ...
READ MORE
Government, civil servants showdown looms
HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s stone-broke government is headed for another showdown with restive civil servants who say they are fed up with the preferential treatment that it continues to ...
READ MORE
Mphoko’s wife demands ‘best’ house
VICE-PRESIDENT Phelekezela Mphoko is reportedly scouting for a multi-million-dollar upmarket house in Harare’s leafy suburbs at a time government is experiencing a financial squeeze of immeasurable proportions, NewsDay has established.   NewsDay ...
READ MORE
Malema Harare trip flops
A speech to be given by Julius Malema in Zimbabwe has been cancelled after delegates began pulling out following xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Attacks on foreigners have cost another prominent ...
READ MORE
Biti set to take over reigns at Renewal after kicking out Mangoma
THE MDC Renewal party says it will hold its first national convention next month where a new leadership is expected to be elected. The convention will be held from July 24 ...
READ MORE
G40 readies anti-Mnangagwa million march
HARARE - Attempts by war veterans aligned to embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to sabotage next month’s planned “million-man march” against the Midlands godfather by Zanu PF youths associated with ...
READ MORE
Saviour Kasukuwere takes bootlicking to new level
Mugabe told to muzzle spin doctor
Mnangagwa redundant in 2018: Mliswa
Zunde blasts Zanu PF, MDC-T
‘Stupid’ West seduced by Mnangagwa: Biti
Government, civil servants showdown looms
Mphoko’s wife demands ‘best’ house
Malema Harare trip flops
Biti set to take over reigns at Renewal
G40 readies anti-Mnangagwa million march

Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Jennifer Lopez coyly addresses Drake relationship amid romance rumours

20th January 2017 Staff Reporter 0

Jennifer Lopez claims her relationship with rapper Drake is strictly professional. In a new interview, the Shades Of Blue actress avoided questions about their rumoured romance and instead, confirmed they have collaborated on a new […]