Some MPs only attend parliamentary proceedings briefly just to mark themselves present before walking out within five minutes

Television legislators, we presume?

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir The first instalment on this column about two years ago ruffled feathers when it raised the fact that some MPs were only attending parliamentary proceedings briefly just to...
Government must put mechanisms in place to ensure that all investment deals are handled by mandated authorities and not fly-by-night pseudo consultants or officials. Parliament can provide oversight

Graft an enemy of development

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir It goes without saying that red tape has been one of the major drivers of corruption in the country, as investors both local and foreign are frustrated until they accept to...

Ordinary workers are the REAL losers

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker, Sir Some companies have taken advantage of the recent Supreme Court ruling that they can terminate their workers’ contracts on three months’ notice on the basis of common law....
Umzingwane legislator Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga found it appropriate to display and talk about undergarments than the burning issue of thousands workers who have been sent home in the past week

When panties are hyped over livelihoods

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir Mr Speaker Sir, while the Labour Act is going through some amendments, there is need to strike a balance that will benefit both employers and the employees. There can be no...
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Active Parly keeps boards in check

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir Members of Parliament have for a long time been considered toothless bulldogs who are wasting taxpayers’ money going to the august House to bootlick their masters instead o...
Statistics show that communal and A1 farmers dominate deliveries to the tobacco auction and contract floors respectively

Production must follow reclamation

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir Every revolution is bound to have some shortcomings during its implementation but integrity is about biting the bullet and addressing the same regardless of how unpopular t...
ABOVE: The long arm of the law  finally caught up with Zanu-PF Harare Province Youth League chairperson Godwin Gomwe (right)) seen her entering the Harare Magistrates’ Court earlier this week. RIGHT: In happier times, Gomwe (left) joins First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe and then Harare Province chairman Amos Midzi on the stage during the Harare leg of her “Meet the People” tour last year

Do not steal in Zanu-PF’s name

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker, Sir What is clear is that Zanu-PF’s image has been tarnished in Harare because of the extortionist behaviour of some of its officials, yet it has been slow to distance itself ...
Ministers are entitled to a Mercedes Benz sedan E-Class either E300 petrol or E350 diesel as one of their many official vehicles

Do ministers really need all these cars?

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir Mr Speaker Sir, if MPs who are expected to be travelling between Harare and their constituencies on a weekly basis can do with one official vehicle, how come ministers whos...
Members of Parliament should be more concerned with serving their constituents rather than being preoccupied with diplomatic passports

Diplomatic passports for what?

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker, Sir Ordinary people have every right to think that the demand for diplomatic passports has nothing to do with increased efficiency by legislators but prestige and glamour.
Street vendors are actually a threat to economic growth

Deal with street vendors now

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker, Sir Mr Speaker Sir, would it make business sense for a supermarket to continue operating if street vendors appear untouchable as they sell the same products that are found in ...
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Speed up private sector investment

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker, Sir The potential game changer for Southern African countries is capital to fund the Industrialisation Strategy adopted by the Heads of State and Government at the recent Sadc...
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Parliament’s conundrum on party renegades

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir The past two weeks or so have put Parliament to test as to how to interpret the law on MPs crossing the floor and how one ceases to represent the party on whose ticket they...
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Red tape throttles investment

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir Forget about the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act being the reason there is minimal Foreign Direct Investment. Neither is it the unpredictability of the implemen...