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HARARE-- Zimbabwe's 9th Parliament sat for the first time here Tuesday since its official opening last week, with the ruling Zanu PF party holding 145 seats of the 210 contested seats in the National Assembly against the MDC-Alliance's 63 while the remaining two seats were won by the National Patriotic Front's Masango Matambanadzo and independent candidate Temba Mliswa.

In addition, Zanu PF got an extra 35 women's quota seats, the MDC Alliance 24 while the MDC-T was allocated one seat to bring the total umber of Members of Parliament in the National Assembly to 270.

In the Senate, Zanu PF has 36 seats, the MDC Alliance 23, the MDC-T has one while Traditional Chiefs and people living with disabilities have 18 and 2 seats respectively, bringing the total to 80 seats.

On its inaugural sitting, the National Assembly members debated President Emmerson Mnangagwa's speech delivered when he opened Parliament last week.

Earlier, MPs were reminded by National Assembly Speaker Dr Patrick Matibinito ensure that the government and its agencies stick to the provisions of the law by keeping them accountable for their actions using the powers vested in them as no individual is above the Constitution.

He told the legislators at their first induction workshop that they had the power to keep everyone accountable in a Constitutional democracy. We are all subject to the Constitution. In a constitutional democracy, nobody is above the Constitution and everybody is subject to the Constitution, Dr Matibini said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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