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...
In this file picture Cde Chinotimba addresses the National Assembly

Demystifying Joseph Chinotimba

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir— When news filtered through that Joseph Chinotimba had won the Buhera South National Assembly seat on July 31, 2013, I am sure most people exclaimed in shock, “Oh my ...
Cde Mudenda

A level of education requisite for MPs

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker, Sir “IF you fail academically, then be a Member of Parliament — the only profession where academic qualifications don’t matter,” said one of the readers in response to one of ...
Front row on the right reserved for ministers and their deputies is empty as they abscond the question and answer session in the Senate on one of the Thursdays

Why do ministers bunk Parly Q&A?

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker, Sir Every Wednesday when the National Assembly sits, the first session is dedicated to questions without notice and written ones. In the Senate, that session is slated for Thu...