|MPs demand upmarket stands|
|Friday, 11 May 2012 00:00|
Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter
They say this will reduce money being spent on hotel bills.
The request for stands is among several demands legislators have made as their terms of office near completion.
Zimbabwe is preparing for elections this year and history has shown that a number of sitting MPs fall by the wayside during polls.
Some legislators are facing allegations of abusing Constituency Development Funds.
Parliament welfare committee vice chairperson and Murehwa West MP Mr Ward Nezi (MDC-T) said legislators were proposing that the money they were owed by the Government in sitting allowances be used to build houses once they were allocated sta-nds.
“Remember we are owed a lot of money by Government in sitting allowances, so we would use that money to build our houses and when we have houses that will save money in hotel bills.”
However, Parliament has bought a hotel near Parliament building to ease accommodation challenges.
Mr Nezi said he had approached Harare City Council and they were awaiting notification of a day for a meeting with Mayor Muchadeyi Masunda.
Another member of the welfare committee, Uzumba MP Cde Simba Mudarikwa (Zanu-PF) said there was need for legislators to develop not only politically, but also socially and economically.
“The motivation behind this desire to acquire stands is that we have to develop socially and economically, that is the whole concept,” said Cde Mudarikwa.
There are 370 legislators including Ministers, Governors and Chiefs.