Senators are unhappy that Ministers are undermining the scheduled question times, by not turning up. However, some of the very same Ministers are attending question and answer sessions in the National Assembly. Last time, only Education Minister Lazarus Dokora was in attendance. This lead to the senators protesting vehemently to the temporary president of the Senate, Chief Fortune Charumbira.
Midlands senator Morgan Komichi said:
We feel very much belittled because on Wednesdays, ministers are full in the Lower House, and come Thursdays, they do not even bother to come.
So, they underrate and belittle the Senate. I think we should stand up and voice against that kind of behaviour. Today I propose that instead of bothering the minister of Primary and Secondary Education who has come alone, can we give him leave.
Beitbridge Zanu PF Senator Tambudzani Mohadi said
He does not stand for all the other ministries, he is standing in for his own ministry and he has the right to be asked questions,” she said.
If we are through with him, then he will leave but we cannot say that he should go because this is a way of chasing him away, saying that we do not need him here because some of his colleagues did not come. Let him do his job and then he goes after he has finished.
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