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.
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...