Some MPs’ misplaced priorities worrisome

Cde Mandipaka

Cde Mandipaka

Mukachana Hanyani Correspondent

MPs should also realise that working for their constituencies is the best and from such hard working they would get rewards through re-election in the next elections. So they should be aware of that and stop crying to be treated differently from those whom they are representing.

Last week saw the Members of Parliament from across the political divide coming together, calling for the Government to handle their welfare well the same way as some other arms of Government – the Executive and the Judiciary – are treated.

The legislators argued that they were losing respect from the public as they were treated differently from other arms of Government

In addition, the MPs pointed out that they were living like paupers when they were supposed to look big as they are the ones representing the electorate in their different constituencies. They further argued that since they are the ones representing the electorate around the country, they were supposed to be respected along the same way as the Executive and the Judiciary are respected in the country. Those parliamentarians believed that their positions in the House of Assembly call for them to look great hence, there was no need for them to be looked down upon by Government and its institutions.

That debate in which the MPs called for the equal standing with the Executive and the Judiciary came after Buhera West House of Assembly representative Cde Oliver Mandipaka had brought forward a motion which called for MPs to have an oversight role over the Executive.

Cde Mandipaka brought this motion when some MPs were debating a report on Zimbabwe’s delegation to the consultations with the Pan African Parliament and other regional parliaments on the provision of constitutionalism and the rule of law in Africa, that was held last year in South Africa.

Such a motion by Cde Mandipaka was met by resistance from the MPs as they said that they cannot have an oversight role over the Executive since they were treated like ordinary people in the country. They further said that they were living like paupers yet the Executive and the Judiciary were enjoying their positions in Government as they are supplied with necessary resources to tackle their duties well without problems. They also said that they need to have diplomatic passports since the Executive and the Judiciary do possess the same.

Reading such concerns raised by the parliamentarians make one to feel pity for them but others would also want to ask the same whether they really know their objectives of being in Parliament. Some parliamentarians have mistaken beliefs that they were elected into Parliament to appear big and live lavishly on the expense of the electorate.

It should be known by these parliamentarians that they should spend their time with the electorate and not to cry for lavish spending when the economic situation in the country does not allow that.

These MPs should be aware that the economic situation in the country does not allow any unnecessary spending of the taxpayers’ money. They need to realise that when they were voted into Parliament they went there as representatives of the masses not for their personal aggrandisement.

It should be known by these MPs that the people whom they are representing need development in those constituencies which they represent. Actually, instead of spending time debating about how they should be handled by the Government, they need to spend time looking for ways to develop and run their constituencies.

While they have a genuine reason that they are an important arm of the State hence they should be treated in the same way as the Executive and the Judiciary, that should not make them forget their mandate of being in Parliament. Some of those MPs last visited their constituencies when they were campaigning to be voted into the august House.

For that reason there is no need for them to cry for soft spot from Government. In fact, these MPs should be aware that their welfare should be secondary to the people whom they are representing in Parliament. Zimbabweans need to hear debates that make the House come up with sound projects that develop some constituencies around the country.

They need to realise that all Zimbabweans are facing economic difficulties and to hear those representing them crying to be treated with kid gloves by Government shows how greedy the MPS of today are.

It is known the world over that some MPs are the ones with the role of enacting laws that govern their countries so some Zimbabwean MPs should not forget that. Instead of them crying for equal standing with the Executive and the Judiciary, they should come up with laws that make it mandatory for them to be equated with the Executive and the Judiciary. It is illogical for the MPs to cry for themselves to be treated well when they can do that through the enactment of laws that can help them do what they are crying for.

MPs should also realise that working for their constituencies is the best and from such hard working they would get rewards through re-election in the next elections. So they should be aware of that and stop crying to be treated differently from those whom they are representing.

People need to hear their MPs coming up with live debates on how Zimbabwe could pull out from this economic quagmire in which the country is reeling under. It is not healthy for those with powers to represent people to spend time fighting to have their welfare upgraded forgetting that their subjects are also suffering.

It is a fact that Zimbabwe is facing one of its worst droughts in history and instead of the MPs to debate on how the Government could come up with strategies to fight this hunger, they get time to debate on trivial issues like them getting diplomatic passports. What good can some diplomatic passports for MPs bring to the suffering Zimbabweans?

Do the MPs know that a parliamentarian can last long in Parliament if he/she is active in the constituency in which he/she was voted to represent? Diplomatic passports will not win any votes to them and the sooner they realise that the better.

While it should be realised that they need to be treated the same way as the Executive and the Judiciary, they also need to realise that they should spend most of their time with the electorate and finding means to develop those constituencies.

This writer may not want to mention the names of some MPs who have never visited their constituencies since the 2013 harmonised elections, but this should not make them feel good and think that the electorate is not watching. Instead of them crying to be treated the same way as the Executive and the judiciary they should work hard to seek re-election because 2018 is just around the corner.

Actually those MPs should not waste time by coming up with some misplaced priorities as such moves would come to haunt them after the 2018 harmonised elections since the electorate will have dumped them out of that august House.

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  • Tobias

    If the MPs think that they are not being paid enough or they are not being recognised they should just quit. We are ready for by elections. They need to be reminded that being an MP is not an occupation or a job.