Chinamasa bemoans Parliament size

Minister Chinamasa

Minister Chinamasa

Abigail Mawonde Herald Correspondent
FINANCE and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa has bemoaned the size of Parliament saying it is too big for the economy and population. In a ministerial statement in Parliament last week, Minister Chinamasa set parallels with countries like Japan and the United Kingdom with better economies and huge populations but fewer parliamentarians. He said joint efforts were needed to reduce the wage bill.

“Again, Honourable Misihairabwi-Mushonga, I agree with you that we have to reduce the wage bill, but it is not an easy walk in the park. If I came to Parliament and said, for instance what we agreed in the new Constitution is not sustainable, let me be very frank with you; it is not sustainable.

The size of this Parliament is not sustainable, but if I came and say let us amend, there will be populists’ sentiments,” he said. Minister Chinamasa said the country’s population did not require many legislators.

“Yes, there is no way. Our population is 14 million and we have about 350 Members of Parliament. Japan with a population of 90 million has something of that size in Parliament. We do not have that size of economy like Japan or the UK. No, but I am saying it does not need to come from me. Nothing stops you from bringing a motion to say let us reduce the size of our Parliament. You have the power to change the Constitution,” he said. Minister Chinamasa said it required everyone’s efforts cut the wage bill.

“I am merely saying this in order to provoke debate, so that you do not always think that the Minister of Finance and Economic Development alone can reduce the wage bill. It is all of us. We know the size of our Government and our Parliament, all that expense is unsustainable.” It is like we are using Parliament as a source of employment and not a platform to represent the interests of the people,” he said.

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  • yowe

    RGM will use this to reduce MPs from urban areas .Chimamasa is right why do we have provincial govenors and senate?? All those useless people need the latest cars and massive allowances. As you rightfully said populist policies from your Supreme leader will stop this.Just like how you are paying civil servants bonuses when there is no money.Most people in the private sector are not being paid bonuses but RGM just insists on those payments…Continous election mode has killed the country

  • Jonah15

    You can tell in the language that nothing will change. These guys are the government, they should just take action instead of telling us what we have known since 1980. Just madness that we have a bigger cabinet than South Africa. This is a spirit of poverty. Common sense would tell you that if they remove deadwood and reduce the gravy train passengers, the economy will improve and everyone will be better for it.

  • Just Sayin’

    The large parliament is the only motivation for ZANU-PF politicians, more chance to rob, steal and get contracts for themselves… their culture is entitlement to wealth, at the cost of the taxpayer

    Chinamasa, what you say is true, but while you lot are ‘in power’ (in apostrophe’s because you are not there legitimately), this will never happen… you’re all a greedy bunch…. who want new cars and privilege, simple truth

  • mandevu

    why is it that you people always refer to Zanu PF detractors as MDC. It is not true. There are many people in this country who would welcome the disappearance of both Zanu PF and MDC

    • Tendekayi.TE

      some of us would actually welcome the disappearance of the whole country, no need to even have borders lol

  • mandevu

    it is to do with trust. 36 years of pillaging and you want us to trust Zanu PF and their messengers? I am afraid that the damage has been done, and there is no going back for them

  • chinos

    You reduce Parliament and still punch holes to the fiscus and still expect positive results. My foot! Blotted delegation to talk shows such as the UN and SADC where we grandstand are really milking us dry. Nothing coming from these talk shows.

  • Madara

    thing is we cant afford them not even 1. plus they are useless. just a drain on the economy

  • Mungandidii

    The most sensible thing he has ever said and i know that one day ZANU PF will remind us that it was Chinamasa who proposed it.

  • meaky

    13 ministers is too large. Seven ministries are enough. These must be defense, internal affairs, ministry of commerce and trade, Natural resources, Education, health & social services and lastly ministry of international affairs.

    • Tendekayi.TE

      There must be one minister only, without portfolio

  • chinoz drill

    Minister spot on but the issue has been there for ages, should have been dealt with long back , also so many irrelevant ministries.

  • Munhu Wezimbabwe

    We are criticizing Chinamasa for choosing to speak up now when this has been said for decades. If he had done so earlier we wouldn’t be in this predicament. Ndokuyeuka bako wanaiwa uku. If he is only deducing it now that the Paliarment is too big, then he is useless and needs to step down immediately as Minister of Finance.

  • chinoz drill

    Tipei balance sheet rekwaChiyadzwa since the diamonds were discovered

    • Tendekayi.TE

      It’s available, read the Chininga report

  • Vhomoto

    psychomotor ministry for starters

  • Mhofu Chaiyo

    No! Every political party stands to benefit from the current arrangement! Be objective!

  • Pastor Farie

    Dead horse Theory……

  • Tendekayi.TE

    He will only resign if others are also willing to resign

  • Tendekayi.TE

    Our Government always says the right things, but seldom DOES them

  • Tendekayi.TE

    Sort it out in the next parliament