Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter
Parliament has adopted a Non Adverse Report on Local Government Laws Amendment Bill by the Parliamentary Legal Committee despite protests by the MDC-T that said their members were not present when the committee sat to deliberate. The Local Government Laws Amendment Bill, currently before the National Assembly, was part of Government measures to align Urban Council Act and Rural District Councils Act with the country’s Constitution through providing for an independent tribunal in removing from office a mayor and councillors.
Stand-in Speaker of the National Assembly Cde Reuben Marumahoko, announced that he had received a Non Adverse Report from PLC on the Local Government Laws Amendment Bill triggering protests from MDC-T MPs.
Glen View North MP Mr Fani Munengami (MDC-T) was the first to rise on a point of order saying the PLC had not met because two of the five member committee Mr Innocent Gonese (Mutare Central) and Ms Jessie Majome (Harare West) who were not present.
Other PLC members are Cdes Jonathan Samkange (Mudzi South) , Ziyambi Ziyambi (Zvimba West) and Fortune Chasi (Mazowe South) (all from Zanu-PF). But Cde Marumahoko ruled that PLC had met yesterday morning after giving 24 hour notice to all members as required by Standing Orders.