Legislators renew their demands

Source: Legislators renew their demands – DailyNews Live

Blessings Mashaya     2 December 2017

HARARE – Members of Parliament (MPs)have urged the new government led by
President Emmerson Mnangagwa to honour most of the undertakings made by
the previous government.

Buhera South MP Joseph Chinotimba said they want the new president to make
sure that all legislators get diplomatic passports.

“Our wish is that you take the request that we gave to you, that MPs
should be treated like other MPs on diplomatic passports.

“Now that we have a new dispensation and you are also new, my point is all
these MPs that you see, myself included, would want to do things that will
make us the pride of the region. Everyone should marvel at the way we do
things.

“We still want future MPs to be given diplomatic passports and that should
start with us. The acting minister in charge of this matter should give us
diplomatic passports.”

Deputy speaker of the National Assembly said they are going to engage the
incoming Foreign Affairs minister on the matter.

“That is going to be our first request to the incoming minister of Foreign
Affairs. The passports are not issued by the presiding officer or anyone
else. It is done by the minister of Foreign Affairs. This is what we are
going to ask the substantive minister of Foreign Affairs about, our
request as a legislature.”

Norton Independent MP Temba Mliswa said Mnangagwa’s government must fulfil
promises made by Ignatius Chombo who was then Finance minister.

“You know that when we were in Victoria Falls with the then minister of
Finance, Chombo, there were a lot of promises which were made in front of
his permanent secretary…Mnangagwa met all the permanent secretaries this
week and issued a statement that they must continue working. So, whatever
he says cannot stop. We would want to know pertaining to our welfare, what
has happened because being a minister or otherwise is not the issue.

“The permanent secretary is the chief executive officer, so we want to
know all the promises he made to us. When are they going to be
implemented? It is only a matter of Parliament getting in touch with the
permanent secretaries to see, first of all the duty free certificates for
the cars, our allowances that we were supposed to get and so forth.

“I am hoping that whatever has happened has not disturbed and cannot
disturb what is due to us because the permanent secretaries are there as
the chief executive officers. I would like us to know what Parliament has
done to pursue the promises that were made.

In her response Marbel Chinomona said: “Even if everything was promised
during the pre-budget seminar in Victoria Falls, it was not going to be
done in a week or so. Even those permanent secretaries are still waiting
to know whether they would remain in those ministries or not.

“It is up until yesterday when they were told that they are going to
continue with their duties. Can we be patient enough for a week or so, but
as presiding officers we are going to pursue whatever was promised?”

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