Abednico Bhebhe, the MDC MP for Nkayi South said that the reason why legislators are doing a bad job at passing laws in Parliament is because of poverty.
Bhebhe said that MPs are busy thinking of their poverty. Said Bhebhe:
We are Members of Parliament that are equally charged and we are equal to the Executive, we are equal to the judiciary, we should get our own allocation that is equal to the amount of work that we are supposed to do because if we continue this way as a Parliament, Mr. Speaker, this is why we cannot actually pass quality laws at times. This is why we make such mistakes and agree to the declaration of assets, then we turn around and say no because we are so poor that when we debate here we are not thinking properly. We are so poor and thinking of our poverty then we make such kind of fundamental mistakes.
He said that unless the issue of perks is dealt with MPs will keep coming up with poor legislation which is a reflection of their financial status. Said Bhebhe:
I remember when I started being a Member of Parliament in 2000, you know what? I was surprised I did not know that one day I would smuggle a loaf of bread in a hotel because I could not afford to buy myself supper. I did not believe that one day I was going to be smuggling fruits from my constituency in my bag when I am supposed to be a Member of Parliament. It is because of poverty. So therefore, our code of ethics should deal with the issues of poverty first. When we come here, we should not come here as paupers because if we come as paupers, we are going to come up with legislation that is actually equal to the pauper itself. So, we need to be very careful, Mr. Speaker, when we come up with these kind of things.