FLASHBACK . . . President Mugabe opens the First Session of Zimbabwe’s Eighth Parliament in September last year. Some MPs are still to make their maiden speeches 12 months after being voted  into the august House

Eighth Parliament, 12 months removed

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir What is most disturbing is that some portfolio committees chaired by Zanu-PF MPs resemble praise sessions when they summon ministers to appear before them.
PARLIAMENT TODAY

Nothing honourable about some MPs

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir Politicians, especially Members of Parliament, are the most scrutinised and castigated for any wrongdoing whether it is to do with their parliamentary roles or private live...
Minister Chidhakwa

Board appointments need interrogation

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir The criteria used in appointing board members of parastatals need serious interrogation. Yes, qualifications and specifications have been put in place but sometimes they ar...
Government owns majority shareholding in some of the non-performing companies such as the  National Railways of Zimbabwe, Zesa Holdings, Cold Storage Company and Air Zimbabwe whose plane is pictured above

State Enterprises: Time to crack the whip

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir The way our State-owned entities operate makes the heart sick. How many of them can justify their existence besides being a drain on the fiscus? They are always screaming f...
Auditor-General Mrs Mildred Chiri . . . has her work cut out for her

Corruption, all in a day’s work

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir Let’s stop institutionalising corruption if we are serious about developing this country. Zimbabweans are sick and tired of being told how their money is being stolen or mi...
PARLY EMPTY SEATS (1)

Missing Persons, we presume?

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir “We have not seen our MP since the elections last year when he left for Harare,” is the common response we hear from any constituency when we inquire about what development...
It would be unfortunate for us to spend millions of dollars on about 300 backbencher MPs who are just there to rubber-stamp Bills without scrutinising them or their proposals not being taken on board

Pass laws on their merits, not source

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker, Sir Our parliamentarians, albeit a few of them, are slowly getting there, unless the momentum is deflated by some forces. MPs are now refusing to be bulldozed into rubber-stam...
Op1

Give whistle-blowers maximum protection

Lloyd Gumbo  Mr Speakers Sir The legislature must be severe with those who disregard its proceedings. We cannot have a situation where some individuals consider themselves more powerful than the thir...
MPs during their tour of Econet Wireless premises recently

MPs’ taste for freebies shocking

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir There is a joke going around about Members of Parliament’s penchant for free things. It says, “One day a florist goes to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asks abou...
Temba Mliswa

Will the youthful MPs please stand up

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker, Sir “JUST what is wrong with our young parliamentarians? They are busy making headlines for the wrong reasons when the youths expect better representation. “If they are not in...
ABOVE: While Zimbabwe boasts a large pool of experts in various fields in Parliament, they cannot apply their aptitude in scrutinising and pointing out deficiencies in proposed legislation for fear of being labelled sell-outs. Munyaradzi Gwisai (right) is one of the casualties of the whipping system

Are our MPs slaves of the whipping system?

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker, Sir University of Zimbabwe law lecturer Professor Lovemore Madhuku recently made a thought-provoking point about the need for parliamentarians to defy their political party po...
Nelson Chamisa

Finally, ZBC comes to the party

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir Finally, the electorate will be the judges, courtesy of ZBC. The decision by the public broadcaster to give live television coverage to parliamentary question time every We...