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Mudenda tells Zimbabwe MPs to 'respect taxpayers' money'

by Staff reporter
18 May 2024 at 11:11hrs | Views
Parliament Speaker Jacob Mudenda has delivered a stern admonition to legislators who fail to attend to the business of the August House, cautioning them to "honour taxpayers' money."

Mudenda's warning on Wednesday was a firm reminder to MPs of their obligation to uphold the constitution and parliamentary rules. He expressed his dissatisfaction as the quorum was not met, prompting the ringing of bells twice during the session.

Addressing the MPs, Mudenda emphasized the solemn oath they took upon assuming office, urging them to fulfill their duties by remaining present in the House until its adjournment.

Highlighting the responsibility entrusted to them by the citizens of Zimbabwe, Mudenda stressed that MPs are accountable for their actions and must respect the taxpayers' investment in their service.

Citing parliamentary rules, Mudenda warned that persistent absenteeism could lead to disciplinary measures as outlined in Standing Order Number 215. He underscored the importance of adherence to these regulations for the effective functioning of Parliament.

Reflecting on past instances of disciplinary action taken against MPs for absenteeism, Mudenda emphasized his commitment to upholding parliamentary decorum and urged members to heed his warning.

While acknowledging the Chief Whips' efforts in communicating with the MPs, Mudenda appealed to them to respond positively to his call for improved attendance. However, he cautioned that failure to do so would compel him to take further action in accordance with parliamentary procedures.

In conclusion, Mudenda reiterated his dedication to ensuring parliamentary accountability and urged MPs to prioritize their legislative responsibilities for the benefit of the Zimbabwean people.

Source - newzimbabwe
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