President Mnangagwa opens 10th Parliament, lays out legislative agenda
Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter
President Mnangagwa has today officially opened the First Session of the 10th Parliament where he laid out several Bills that are set to be considered during the coming sitting.
The Bills include six that were not concluded in the last Parliament and new ones that are meant to enhance the achievement of national goals.
In his keynote address, President Mnangagwa, said the session came shortly after the country successfully held credible, free, fair and peaceful harmonised elections in accordance with democratic traditions and practices.
“May I take this opportunity to congratulate you for having secured the mandate to serve the people of our great motherland Zimbabwe in your respective constituencies for the next five years. I challenge you to accelerate the completion of the matters outstanding from the legislative agenda of the 9th
Parliament. Much work lies ahead,” said President Mnangagwa.
In a related matter, Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda has today invoked Parliament’ Standing Orders to impose penalties on CCC legislators who boycotted the official opening.
He said the legislators will have transport and accommodation costs incurred by Parliament deducted from their salaries among other penalties.
CCC leader Mr Nelson Chamisa has refused to accept electoral defeat that he suffered at the hands of President Mnangagwa in the August 23 harmonised elections.