MPs consider pressure group

Former MPs are considering forming a pressure group to influence parliamentary proceedings, The Zimbabwean has learnt.

The pressure group aims to influence parliamentary proceedings.
The pressure group aims to influence parliamentary proceedings.

The group, to be called Ex-Legislators’ Forum (Elefo), is the brainchild of former MDC-T MP for Murewa West, Wadi Nezi. It will be composed of former legislators who were sidelined by their parties at primary elections and a few who lost in the parliamentary polls.

“As former legislators, we realised that the government invested in the training of MPs and we should plough back into the nation the knowledge and experience we acquired,” said a former legislator on condition of anonymity.

The ex-legislator said besides having an oversight over parliamentary business, they would help to develop their former constituencies alongside sitting MPs. Elefo hopes to play a determining role in the formulation of bills by parliamentarians and will make its presence felt during crucial law making stages in parliament.

Nezi could not be reached for comment. MDC-T legislators fighting election results in court said they did not want to be identified as ex-legislators.

“I don’t know what Elefo is all about. I do not wish to be a former Member of Parliament since I will win court petitions against the outcome of recent elections,” said MDC-T spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora.

Some former MDC-T legislators who were sidelined at the primaries said they were yet to be approached by the organisers of Elefo.

Analyst, Shakespear Hamauswa, said Elefo might face challenges if the government does not take heed of its recommendations.

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