By A Correspondent- MDC-T senator, Morgen Komichi, has criticised Cabinet ministers who bunk Parliament’s question and answer sessions suggesting that the behaviour shows a lack of respect.
The National Assembly holds its question time on Wednesdays while the Senate holds its own on Thursdays.
However, ministers have been skirting questions from MPs and Senators, prompting the members to push for the session’s adjournment or its complete cancellation from parliament’s calendar. Komichi said last Thursday when just four ministers turned up:
This is quite pathetic and very unfortunate for the people of Zimbabwe. This is one of the serious abuses which the senate can endure. A few days ago, they could just absent themselves without giving any reason.
After the Senate had made a vehement complaint against their behaviour, they have now found a solution and the solution is to simply send an apology. Can these ministers give apologies on Tuesday when there is cabinet, the answer is no because it is planned from the schedule of the year that every Tuesday they go to cabinet.
This means a lot as far as the value and importance of Senate is concerned. This means a lot when we look at ourselves and say why are we here, what are we doing yet the people outside there, the taxpayers and ordinary people expect us to oversee Government activities but here today we have only four ministers. This is quite unfortunate and we have complained for a long time about this behaviour.
On Wednesday, Norton legislator (independent), Temba Mliswa, rose on a point of order to have the Q and A session adjourned the same four ministers had turned up.
The four Finance minister Mthuli Ncube, Industry and Commerce minister Sekai Nzenza, Home Affairs minister Kazembe Kazembe and Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi, only came after deputy speaker Tsitsi Gezi had called them on their cell phones.