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The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - COMMENT & FEEDBACK -

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.

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