via Legislators should find common ground: Madzongwe | The Zimbabwean by Nelson Sibanda
Members of Parliament from across the political divide should have unity of purpose and formulate laws serving the interests of all Zimbabweans, says incoming President of the Senate, Edna Madzongwe.
Madzongwe who was re-elected President of the Senate today following the swearing in of Senators in Harare, said: “Laws and motions passed in the August House should be beneficial to Zimbabweans from all walks of life, irrespective of political affiliation.”
She said she was delighted to be part of ‘the unique’ Senate serving the country under a new people-driven constitution.
Madzongwe attributed her Senate Presidency to Zanu (PF) policies which she said empowers women.
Madzongwe was duly elected to the presidency with Chen Chenhamo Chimutengwende as her deputy without opposition.
The two Zanu (PF) Senate presiding officers were officially sworn-in by the Chief Justice, Godfrey Chidyausiku. MDC-T did not participate in the electoral process.
Speaking in the Senate, Chief Fortune Charumbira said parliamentary business should be aimed at improving lives of Zimbabweans.
“People expect their representatives in parliament to make Zimbabwe create jobs, quality education, health services among other needs,” said Charumbira.
He said parliamentary debates should reflect Zimbabwean culture.
The 8th Senate of Zimbabwe has 80 members, 37 Zanu (PF), 21 MDC-T, two MDC, two representatives of people living with disabilities and those representing traditional chiefs.