Parly open­ing, SONA on Tues­day

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Fari­rai Machivenyika Se­nior Re­porter

PRES­I­DENT Mnan­gagwa is on Tues­day ex­pected to of­fi­cially open the First Ses­sion of the Ninth Par­lia­ment and present his first State of the Na­tion Ad­dress since be­ing elected into of­fice on July 30.

The SONA and the of­fi­cial open­ing will be done dur­ing a joint sit­ting of the Na­tional Assem­bly and Se­nate.

Dur­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing the Pres­i­dent is also ex­pected to set out the leg­isla­tive agenda for the first ses­sion.

This was said by Speaker of the Na­tional Assem­bly Ad­vo­cate Ja­cob Mu­denda un­der Gen­eral 696A of 2018 in an Ex­tra­or­di­nary Gov­ern­ment Gazette pub­lished on Thurs­day.

“It is hereby no­ti­fied, for pub­lic in­for­ma­tion, that His Ex­cel­lency, the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Zim­babwe Em­mer­son Dam­budzo Mnan­gagwa will - ( a) in terms of Sec­tion 140(1) of the Con­sti­tu­tion - ad­dress a joint sit­ting of both Houses of Par­lia­ment on Tues­day, 18th September, 2018, at 12 o’clock

at the Par­lia­ment Build­ing dur­ing, which he will set out the Gov­ern­ment’s leg­isla­tive agenda for the Ninth Par­lia­ment; and (b) in terms of Sec­tion 140(4) of the Con­sti­tu­tion de­liver the State of the Na­tion Ad­dress,” Ad­vo­cate Mu­denda said in the state­ment.

Parliamentarians that were

elected dur­ing the har­monised elec­tions took their oaths last week while the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cers - the Speaker and his deputy Cde Tsitsi Gezi and Se­nate Pres­i­dent Cde Ma­bel Chi­nomona and her deputy Cde Mike Nyam­buya - were elected and took their oaths on Tues­day.

The leg­isla­tive agenda is ex­pected to be dom­i­nated by laws that en­hance the coun­try’s at­trac­tive­ness to in­vestors and stream­line in­vest­ment laws to re­duce red tape.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa has al­ready in­di­cated that Gov­ern­ment’s thrust is to con­sol­i­date the eco­nomic re­forms that started with the ad­vent of the new dis­pen­sa­tion.

He also re­it­er­ated the point dur­ing his in­au­gu­ra­tion speech that the fo­cus dur­ing his ten­ure would be on im­prov­ing the econ­omy.

The parliamentarians have also em­braced the pol­icy di­rec­tion given by the Pres­i­dent and pledged to speed up pas­sage of laws in the au­gust House.

Par­lia­ment is dom­i­nated by Zanu-PF which won the polls with a two-thirds ma­jor­ity.

Fol­low­ing the Pres­i­dent’s ad­dress ,the Min­istry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing will host the tra­di­tional lun­cheon for leg­is­la­tors.

Mean­while, Clerk of Par­lia­ment Mr Kennedy Chokuda said some roads will be closed to­mor­row to al­low for re­hearsals for the cer­e­mony and also on the day of the events.

The roads are the stretch of Nel­son Man­dela Av­enue be­tween Sam Nu­joma Street and Si­mon Muzenda Street, the cor­ners of Third Street and Ja­son Moyo Av­enue, Ge­orge Silundika Av­enue and Third Street, St Mary’s Lane and Nel­son Man­dela Av­enue.

The other roads are the Kwame Nkrumah Av­enue be­tween Sam Nu­joma and Si­mon Muzenda Street and Samora Machel Av­enue and Sam Nu­joma Street.

The roads will be closed from 6am to 3pm on both days.

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