MPS boo Chombo

Minister of Local Government and Public Works, Ignatius Chombo, was on Wednesday booed by legislators in Parliament for blaming sanctions for crippling service delivery.

Ignatius Chombo
Ignatius Chombo

Chombo was booed by mainly MDC-T Members of Parliament as he struggled to justify why local authorities had failed to procure emergency vehicles such as ambulance and fire tenders.

“The major reason behind local authorities’ failure to procure emergency reaction vehicles is sanctions imposed against Zimbabwe by our detractors,” claimed Chombo amid calls from MDC-T to shut up..

Chombo went on to say: “Regardless of the sanctions, Japan provided Zimbabwe with some 27 emergency vehicles for the local authorities from 2007 to 2010.”

During the parliamentary session, Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Emmerson Mnangagwa, told the house that non-performing ministers would only be assessed by the President as he is the one who appointed them, in addition to the electorate during elections.

“There are only two ways of assessing ministers’ performance in our government. They can only be assessed by the one who appointed them and the electorate by way of voting at the polls,” Mnangagwa said.

Mnangagwa was responding to a question raised by MDC-T Member of Parliament for Kuwadzana, Nelson Chamisa who asked him if government had any policy in place to deal with under-performing ministers ‘since the majority of them were horrible non-performers.”

Chamisa took the opportunity to inform parliament that Zimbabwe risked lagging behind in terms of computer technological advancement, if government continued to underfund the responsible ministry through the national budget.

The house was left in when Finance and Economic Development Minister, Patrick Chinamasa admitted that the absence from the house by Zanu (PF) ministers was disturbing and was there need to “educate” them.

“I admit that it is not proper for ministers to absent themselves from such important occasions like question time in Parliament. I will conscientise absent ministers on the importance of attending parliamentary proceedings,” Chinamasa told the House.

He was responding to a question from the floor regarding government policy on the need for ministers to attend parliamentary sessions.

When the question was asked, Chinamasa was the only visible minister present.

He was later joined by Mnangagwa, Joseph Made and Ignatius Chombo.

A few others were deputy ministers.

Most questions on the parliamentary order paper were deferred to later dates as targeted ministers did not avail themselves to make responses.

Currently, parliament is debating post budget assessments made by various portfolio committees.

Committees which presented the assessments indicated their ministries were underfunded.

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