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Sydney Sekeramayi worst minister in Parliament - survey

by Staff Reporter
19 Aug 2015 at 07:10hrs | Views
A report by a research organisation, Research and Advocacy Unit, showed that Sydney Sekeramayi has the worst attendance record among ministers in the current Parliament after missing all the sittings of the 8th Parliament.

The Research and Advocacy Unit identified 10 worst ministers drawn from the current Cabinet and those forced out during a bitter purge against suspected allies of ousted Vice-President Joice Mujuru.

The report - titled Occasional Visitors Re-Visited: Attendance in the First Session of the 8th Parliament of Zimbabwe - said Sekeramayi had a 0% attendance record, suggesting that he even bunked question-and-answer sessions.

Others on the list are Tourism and Hospitality Industry minister Walter Mzembi (23%), former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa (23%), Sport, Arts and Culture minister Andrew Langa (25%), Bulawayo Provincial Affairs minister Eunice Sandi-Moyo (26%), Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo (27%), and Lands and Rural Resettlement minister Douglas Mombeshora (27%).

During the first session of the 8th Parliament, the National Assembly sat for 90 days.

"Notwithstanding the findings that the top 10 individual performers were all from Zanu PF, the first session of the 8th Parliament, however, saw a marked improvement for both parties with Zanu PF recording a 13% improvement in attendance rates to 73%, whilst the MDC-T declined by 5% to 74%," the report read.

"New ministers attended significantly more frequently than their more experienced colleagues at 48% rate (43 times), as opposed to old ministers who only attended 33 times (36%)."

Gokwe-Nembudziya MP Justice Mayor Wadyajena was ranked the best MP in terms of attendance.

"A key area of concern for both Parliamentarians and citizens has been the attendance by ministers, and especially their attendance in the sessions reserved for questions," RAU added.

Former Youth minister Francis Nhema was ranked the highest in terms of attendance at 94%, followed by Novet Mukonora at (91%), Abednico Ncube (82%), former Mashonaland East Provincial Affairs minister Simbauneta Mudarikwa (77%) and Home Affairs deputy minister Ziyambi Ziyambi at 74%.

Source - News Day