Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa

Make budget consultations relevant

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir FOR the whole of next week, at least 20 Members of Parliament will traverse the country to solicit views from citizens on how they want the country to spend its revenue nex...
Hwange Thermal Power Station is the biggest power plant in Zimbabwe with an installed capacity of 920MW, but of late the generators have continuously been in the intensive care

IPPs must shape up or ship out!

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir As things stand, there will be no significant economic growth to talk about as long as our electricity generation is dropping because power is a core variable to economic g...
SOLAR

Power crisis: SPB bungling worrisome

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir Zimbabwe is facing a serious electricity crisis as the Kariba hydro-power station — the country’s flagship power plant — has reduced its generation capacity from about 700 ...
Some MPs only attend parliamentary proceedings briefly just to mark themselves present before walking out within five minutes

Govt must do more in fight against graft

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir Zimbabweans should be forgiven for thinking that corruption is a criminal offence only applicable to small fish, while the big ones swim until there is no more to loot. If ...
President Mugabe (centre) introduces Africa’s richest man Mr Aliko Dangote (second from left) to Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko (extreme right), while Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa (left) and Dangote Group executive director Mr Edwin Dera Kumar Victor (second from right) look on at State House recently

When bureaucracy impedes progress

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir So many foreigners have been flocking to Zimbabwe of late to explore investment opportunities after a decade of being shunned by capital particularly from the West due to p...
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...
Mr Kuwaza

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...