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, ...
Consumers are being forced to pay through the nose for locally-manufactured products like cooking oil, something Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa (above right) must look into

Protect us from local industry as well

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa came up with a number of fiscal measures when he presented the Mid-Term Fiscal Policy Review re-cently.
Supermarkets before the dollarisation had empty shelves

Good Government with bad debtors

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir Things were coming to a halt, fuel stations had more queues than fuel, supermarkets had condoms and tea leaves, sadza had become an endangered meal with institutions of hig...
At present, some beneficiaries of land reform need a helicopter to check out their farms because the land is too big

Time to put finality to the land question

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir The withdrawal of 25-year leases from Zanu-PF heavyweights in Save Valley Conservancy in Chiredzi who are believed to have been double-dipping has come as good news to prog...
BREATHING FIRE . . .  Minister Chinamasa did not mince his words when he said: “When you talk about corruption, be it in Government or the private sector, first look at the procurement system. This is the capital city of corruption.

SPB Act crying out for urgent overhaul

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir “When it comes to tenders, something which I have noticed and which worries me, is the dominance of briefcase businesses in the tender system,” charged Finance and Economic...
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.