Mugabe must punish inactive ministers

via Mugabe must punish inactive ministers November 27, 2013 NewsDay Editorial

The Research and Advocacy Unit (Rau) findings that some Zanu PF ministers, notorious for bunking parliamentary business continue to be appointed into Cabinet makes sad reading.

This is because Parliament is a key arm of government that links the country’s political leadership, precisely the people’s representatives with the citizenry.

The local think tank fingered Zanu PF “bigwigs” like Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa, Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Obert Mpofu, Local Government Ignatius Chombo, Economic Empowerment minister and Public Service minister Nicholas Goche among others.

Sadly, some of them have held Cabinet positions since 1980 or have been ministers for more than three consecutive terms now, having been recycled over and over again to the same or different government portfolios.

We are baffled by President Robert Mugabe’s stance towards the people by continuing to appoint non-performers to Cabinet or those people that continue to show contempt of the people they represent. This clearly shows that Mugabe rewards loyalty at the expense of performance.

It is also sad to note that the ministers despite holding key portfolios did not take Parliament business seriously and either dodged or did not turn up during question and answer sessions in both Houses of Parliament.

Given the challenges this country is facing, it is imperative that ministers and Members of Parliament alike take parliamentary business seriously after all it is the third arm of the State after the judiciary and the executive.

The voters that elected them into office expect much better from them given that Parliament is the defined avenue through which they can have their concerns addressed.

Hence the failure to attend these sessions deprive the electorate of their representation and the Cabinet ministers themselves would be failing to discharge their duties as demanded by the constitution.

As the Zanu PF government begins its five-year term following its July 31 polls victory, ordinary citizens expect full participation by those tasked with taking the country forward.

Five years is a longtime for ministers to waste by playing mindless and childish games in the August House.

We urge Mugabe to take decisive action against those found wanting as failure to do so will soil his legacy as a leader who never had the interests of people at heart, but that of his cronies.

These ministers should know better given their long stay in Parliament that the question and answer sessions are an important part as a process through which it holds the Executive accountable for its actions.

In fact, we believe as part of the rules of Parliament ministers who fail to attend sessions without reasonable grounds to do so should be found in contempt of Parliament and punished.

This is simple disrespect of the nation as the MPs would be asking questions on behalf of people in their constituencies.

 

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    Jenandebvu 8 years ago

    Perhaps wrongly headed, start with the headboy who is fast asleep while attending international conferences at the country’s expense.

    Never sleep in church while the pastor preaches, yu ll start shouting Moses instead of Amen.

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    Rudadiso 8 years ago

    How can anyone expect an inactive political dinosaur who spends millions just so as to nap in foreign lands take action? Mugabe doesn’t even pay his Zesa bills! How can he make anyone do anything? Don’t forget he will soon be a nonagenarian. When you are that old you do a lot of sleeping, as is expected of sekurus.

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    Another silly ranting from overzealous bootlickers.Is Mugabe 100% in his execution of his duties.He doesn’t even know what is cxritical and not critical.As at present, Mugabe must declare state of emergency.Cholera is raving havoc, no cash in banks, people are starving. And you are here to tell us that an illegitimate leader must fire others.The people of Zimbabwe fired Mugabe long back.
    That’s why people have no faith in these NGOs which claim to care for the people.They just say worthiless, stupid utterances to be liked by certain sectors.Tell me, even if Mugabe has to fire incompetent Ministers, who will be spared?The problem is Mugabe who at every opportunity attacks the West as if he himself is not a product of the West and adores their culture.From Fther O Hare at Kutama, Mugabe learnt this obsession with suits, today a suit all day long, from Harolds.
    If NGOs focus on real issues, asking why people are starving, human rights abuses, health disaster, economic crumbling, then we can say you have the people at heart.Not just putting on suits and have seminars in hotels only to analyse situations and then take a safe side.

    NGOs must go into the rural areas and experience crude poverty and starvation there.From Bubi Umguza, Mberengwa east, Gokwe, Muzarabani and others , I assure you that you will come back more sober

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    bingo wajakata 8 years ago

    Which Mubabe are you talking about? I hope you do not mean the shriveled lizard that goes all the way to at best shout its lungs out saying SHAME SHAME SHAME or better still to sleep! To me that guy is a walking effigy, a dummy covering for the JUNTA which is running the government in Zimbabwe. If the truth be told even those who have become rich from Mugabe’s patronage system deep down fully know and agree that the shouting president is at the end of his rule. To those who declared Mugabe god, I hope your god will save you when the day comes.

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    bingo wajakata 8 years ago

    Which Mugabe are you talking about? I hope you do not mean the shriveled lizard that goes all the way to at best shout its lungs out saying SHAME SHAME SHAME or better still to sleep! To me that guy is a walking effigy, a dummy covering for the JUNTA which is running the government in Zimbabwe. If the truth be told even those who have become rich from Mugabe’s patronage system deep down fully know and agree that the shouting president is at the end of his rule. To those who declared Mugabe god, I hope your god will save you when the day comes.

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    Parangeta 8 years ago

    Punishment should start with himself, sleeping here and at world meeting, lazy, thieving, old idiot!