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...
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Let’s cut on costs in the House

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker, Sir Legislators are entitled to US$75 per sitting for both committee and House sessions. This means the 290 backbenchers that we have in both houses would chew almost US$22 00...
Minister Chinamasa

Yes, you can if you want!

Lloyd Gumbo  Mr Speaker, Sir It’S official, the proposed 2014 National Budget is predominantly to do with about two percent of our population, if submissions by various ministries to Parliamentary Po...