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HARARE, Feb 13 — Zimbabwe’s Parliament will soon introduce punitive measures on Cabinet Ministers and their deputies who dodge parliamentary sessions, especially question and answer sessions, says National Assembly Speaker Jacob Mudenda.

Ministers and their deputies have been accused of not taking Parliamentary business seriously as most of them do not attend sessions to respond to motions and questions posed by back-benchers.

Mudenda said here Thursday that amendments being made to the Standing Rules and Orders would include punitive measures to be meted out on Ministers and their deputies who dodge Parliamentary sessions. A meeting of the Parliament Standing Rules and Orders Committee (SROC) has resolved to punish errant Ministers.

Mudenda was replying to Harare Central MP Murisi Zwizwai who had complained that members of the Executive did not attend Parliament despite numerous pleas for them to do so.

“The Standing Rules as being amended, shall include penalty clauses on the issue being raised by Honorable Member Zwizwai,” Mudenda said.

Mudenda, however, did not reveal the nature of the punitive measures and highlighted that he was also exploring other avenues to deal with the issue. “I have organized a meeting with the Leader of Government Business in the House (Vice President Emerson Mnangagwa) and there are several issues we will discuss, including this one.”

He said all Ministers and their deputies, as they were MPs, were required by law to attend House sittings and warned that bunking sessions was tantamount to contempt of Parliament.

SOURCE: NEW ZIANA

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