IN THE PRESS
AS IT turned out last week, our legislators think they are in Parliament on a money-making adventure.
Their money, diplomatic passports (which we hear are routinely used to avoid paying customs duty when they import products that are locally available anyway) and top-of-the-range vehicles always come first.
Development issues are an afterthought for some, and not a thought at all for others.
This self-serving agenda is dangerous; it is retrogressive to the nation’s development.
Early last week, the legislators refused to debate any motion in Parliament until issues of their welfare were addressed. The House had to adjourn before any issues had been debated.
Feeling that they hadn’t done enough damage, on Friday they went on to delay the pre-Budget briefing seminar over the same issues.
The whole nation was held at ransom because their US$75 per sitting allowances are outstanding.
We sincerely hope that Zimbabweans were watching closely. Come 2018, the nation really needs to vote wisely and remove all the rogue elements from that House. MPs need to be reasonable. Inasmuch as they are entitled to the allowances, which will be paid come what may, there is absolutely no need to boycott any national programme over money.
These are the same dishonourable MPs who are presiding over poor service delivery in their respective communities.
With only a few months left for their terms to expire, the majority of them are yet to utter a single meaningful sentence in Parliament while those who have been vocal have mostly been making unprogressive noises in and outside the House.
These MPs need to wake up and smell the coffee.
They are the arm of Government which is closest to the grassroots. These are not the kind of actions that endear them to the electorate a few months before we head to the polls.