Parly standstill

Parliamentary business is at a standstill as legislators wait for President Robert Mugabe to declare the fourth session closed and to open the fifth and last session of the current parliament. Meanwhile the coalition government reached its fourth anniversary on Saturday, faced with a deadlock in negotiations for a new draft charter. Parliament has only met for two days since July. There is speculation that Mugabe is delaying in order to call an early general election.

According to the Independent newspaper, the Clerk of Parliament Austin Zvoma said the legislature was waiting for Mugabe to issue the necessary notices to open parliament. But his spokesperson George Charamba insisted Mugabe “can only open parliament at the invitation of the House’s administrative staff”, which had not happened yet.

The MDC-T Chief whip in parliament, Innocent Gonese, agreed with the parliamentary Clerk Austin Zvoma, insisting that “the ball lies squarely in Mugabe’s court”.

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  1. Wilbert Mukori

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