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 ...
Op2

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...
Cde Mudenda

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...
beit hotel

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...

Spot fines: Parliament must buy in

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir Lack of clarity on anything to do with the law is a recipe for disaster as its interpretation becomes subject to one’s discretion. Mr Speaker Sir, the issue about legalitie...
Owning a house or a housing stand in urban centres will remain a pipe dream for the majority of Zimbabweans despite the advent of housing co-operatives

Save us from land barons, co-operatives

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker, Sir Driving through some of what used to be open spaces in high-density suburbs, one is greeted by imposing billboards inscribed so-and-so housing co-operative with some squal...
As long as MPs do not do their homework, they will remain rubber stampers regardless of the vuvuzela noise they make in their lame contributions

Ministers, MPs must have term limits too

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker, Sir The other day while having lunch at a local restaurant with colleagues, we overheard a fairly old-looking couple discussing the recent developments in Zanu-PF and Governme...
VP Mujuru

The honeymoon is over

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker, Sir Imagine Joice Mujuru standing up in the National Assembly during Question time to ask about Government policies. How about Didymus Mutasa and Nicholas Goche doing the same...
Cde Chinotimba contributes to debate in the National Assembly. He is advocating the teaching of maths and science in indigenous languages

MPs must shape up or ship out

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker, Sir The Second Session of the Eighth Parliament kicked off a few weeks ago. Sadly, hope in seeing the revolutionary party’s MPs being active in moving motions in both Houses i...
Deputy Minister Munacho Mutezo

Zesa scandal calls for MPs’ action

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir Recent revelations that Energy and Power Development Deputy Minister Munacho Mutezo coerced Zesa to deposit money into a Zanu-PF Manicaland Women’s League bank account vind...
Members of Parliament walked side-by-side as they entered the House for the official opening of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament on Tuesday

Have our legislators come of age?

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir Side-by-side, male and female, Zanu-PF and one of the MDCs’ representatives, formed a procession as they entered the august House to listen to President Mugabe outline the ...
Government would maintain flexibility on mandatory blending thresholds while monitoring the situation at Chisumbanje ethanol plant where production was affected by heavy rains

No investment is bigger than the law

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir The Chinese are here, the Russians came and now Britain is about to send its high-powered business delegation at the end of this month to explore investment opportunities t...
A woman stands next to what remains of her house after it was demolished in Chitungwiza recently in violation of Section 74 of the Constitution says: “No person may be evicted from their home, or have their home demolished, without an order of court made after considering all the relevant circumstances.”

Demolitions: Why the deafening silence?

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir The demolition of illegal houses in Chitungwiza and Epworth, and the intention to apply the same heavy-handedness in Harare, have dominated news headlines in recent weeks, ...