MPs Could Be Forced To Leave Cellphones Outside Parliament

Speaker of the National Assembly, Jacob Mudenda said that he will persuade the Committee on Standing rules to ban cellphones in the House.

He said parliamentarians need to be focused on issues in the House rather than tweeting as this will make a mockery of the August House. He said:

I shall persuade the Committee on Standing Rules to ban cellphones in the House.

There are no cellphones during Cabinet. There are no cellphones in the judiciary services. Why should we see them in Parliament?

You underestimate your importance, you should be attentive 120 per cent whether I am there or not.

Wherever you go, whether you are meeting the public or not your attention should be 120 per cent. That’s the new mathematical coding I am giving you.

Mudenda was addressing the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and civil society during a workshop held in Kariba recently.

He added that cellphones were not allowed in Parliament in countries such as Britain, South Africa and the United States of America.

More: The Herald


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Jacob Francis Mudenda is a Zimbabwean politician who is a member of the Zanu-PF party. He was elected to be the Speaker of Parliament after the 31st July 2013 elections in which his party, the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) led by... Read More About Jacob Mudenda

The National Assembly is one of the organs of the parliament in Zimbabwe. The other being the Senate. The National Assembly in Zimbabwe consists of 270 MPs. Of these, 210 MPs are elected directly in 210 physical constituencies spread across the country. The remaining 60... Read More About National Assembly

The August House refers to the Parliament of Zimbabwe. The term August house in reference to the parliament is not only used in Zimbabwe but in countries like Kenya and Zambia among other countries worldwide as the term August House refers to distinguished, respected, eminent,... Read More About August House

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