Speaker blasts vi­o­lence at Parly meet­ings

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pamela Shumba Se­nior Re­porter

THE Speaker of Par­lia­ment Ad­vo­cate Ja­cob Mu­denda yes­ter­day blasted hooli­gans that caused vi­o­lence at Elec­toral Law Re­forms pub­lic hear­ings held around the coun­try re­cently, say­ing they de­nied cit­i­zens their con­sti­tu­tional right to be in­volved in leg­isla­tive pro­cesses.

The Par­lia­men­tary Port­fo­lio Com­mit­tee on Jus­tice, Le­gal and Par­lia­men­tary Af­fairs was forced to call off some of the meet­ings after vi­o­lence erupted among par­tic­i­pants, mostly youths.

The dis­rup­tions oc­curred in Bu­l­awayo, Mutare and Mu­toko where rowdy youths at­tacked Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans.

Ad­dress­ing Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment and Min­is­ters at a three-day 2017 pre-bud­get sem­i­nar held at the Zim­babwe In­ter­na­tional Trade Fair in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day, Adv Mu­denda said Par­lia­ment does not tol­er­ate hooli­gan­ism from mem­bers of the pub­lic.

“We’ll not ac­cept vi­o­lence at Par­lia­men­tary pub­lic meet­ings. Hooli­gan­ism must stop. In terms of sec­tion 141 of the con­sti­tu­tion, ev­ery­body has the right to say their views. Mem­bers of the pub­lic must present their views with­out fear and they must also re­spect other peo­ple’s views.

“We must ex­er­cise po­lit­i­cal tol­er­ance and de­sist from fight­ing be­cause it doesn’t solve any­thing. Par­lia­ment is a fam­ily of all po­lit­i­cal par­ties and mem­bers of var­i­ous com­mit­tees come from dif­fer­ent par­ties but they go out as a united com­mit­tee for the ben­e­fit of the peo­ple of Zim­babwe and the de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try,” he said.

The pre-bud­get sem­i­nar was or­gan­ised by Par­lia­ment to de­lib­er­ate on and re­view the per­for­mance of this year’s na­tional bud­get and de­ter­mine pri­or­i­ties for the 2017 Na­tional Bud­get.

Adv Mu­denda said the bud­get process re­quires sys­tem­atic en­gage­ment through­out the cy­cle.

“Sec­tion 141 (a) of the con­sti­tu­tion man­dates Par­lia­ment to fa­cil­i­tate pub­lic in­volve­ment in its leg­isla­tive and other pro­cesses and in the process of its com­mit­tees. These con­sul­ta­tions were mo­ti­vated by the need to holis­ti­cally and ef­fec­tively ad­dress the con­cerns of the most crit­i­cal sec­tors of our econ­omy.

“It’s in my fer­vent hope that in craft­ing the 2017 Na­tional Bud­get, the Min­istry of Fi­nance and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment will take on board all con­struc­tive ideas and rec­om­men­da­tions drawn from all peo­ple through our com­mit­tees in em­brac­ing do­mes­tic re­source mo­bil­i­sa­tion,” said Adv Mu­denda.

He added that it was im­por­tant for Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment to set aside their po­lit­i­cal and ide­o­log­i­cal dif­fer­ences as the coun­try evokes the spirit of Ubuntu in lay­ing the ground­work for the eco­nomic re­vival of the coun­try in the 2017 Na­tional Bud­get.

“We must col­lec­tively con­front the chal­lenges we face as a coun­try. Our eco­nomic chal­lenges are so huge but it’s our duty to trans­form the econ­omy,” said Adv Mu­denda.

He said the sem­i­nar, which is be­ing held un­der the theme: “En­hanc­ing trans­for­ma­tive eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment through do­mes­tic re­source mo­bil­i­sa­tion and util­i­sa­tion”, should be able to iden­tify the chal­lenges that have un­der­mined the ef­fec­tive per­for­mance of the present bud­get.

The sem­i­nar, Adv Mu­denda added, will draw lessons which will guide the na­tion in un­der­pin­ning the na­tional pri­or­i­ties for the 2017 Na­tional Bud­get to be an­chored on log­i­cal so­lu­tions that can lead to mo­bil­i­sa­tion of do­mes­tic re­sources to grow the na­tional bud­get. — @pame­lashumba1

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