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11 Sep 2018 at 07:42hrs | Views
The August 30 elections presented a shift in the majority in Parliament took place creating the basis for the transfer of governing responsibility to a new team of Members of parliament. During the marathon campaign period which concluded in ED elected President to form a new government. You have, as a result, just witnessed the transfer of executive responsibility for the governance of our country from one team of M Ps  to a new team of MPs The path to this transfer was not without challenges. To all who gave their input to the transition and formation process the party expresses its gratitude. And in particular to thank the masses who voted ED. The party wishes to thank the youth for their work and cooperation as pilots of the theme ED Pfee.

The sweat and hard work ended in the swearing in ceremony of of the MPs who are dedicated to succeed and to change the face of Zimbabwe for the better.  

As Mentioned the path to this victory was not without challenges. The victory follows a period of polarized, complex and tense political actions and constitutional courts V11 and primary evidence. During the past seven months a lot has been said and written about our constitution our country and our new dispensation. And regardless of which side of the debate one took, it was evident that our people look to our constitutional principles as the foundation for the handling of their affairs.  Looking ahead it is therefore important that we are reminded of the principles outlined in the preamble of our constitution.

The new MP's should be determined to work with each other; We believe in the principle of democracy, We believe in the rule of law; We believe in the entitlement of all individuals to the fundamental rights and freedoms; We wish to create a constitutional order based on an open and approachable government; And We therefore wish to record our objectives and convictions agree that the provisions of the constitution shall have the force of law. This was shown by the challenge put by the MDC alliance.

these are our constitutional principles. It is as a result our collective obligation to adhere to these principles and work together to improve the lives of our people. Anything else will go against the interest of the people of Zimbabwe. And that is unacceptable.   Zimbabwe is open for business but there are those among the elected who are busy closing the doors of investment.

The MP's come before the people of Zimbabwe as a new team of legislators A new team faced with the tasks of addressing the economic and  budgetary problems, of preparing the revamping of our economy.

As the MP's assume their mandate to govern this beautiful country, We trust that they in keeping with their oath, will work to fortify our constitutional principles aimed at improving the wellbeing of our people.

Accepting the position of MP's through the taking of the oath today, is a solemn expression of their commitment to perform their duties with integrity. It is their pledge of allegiance to Zimbabwe and the individual declaration to always uphold the Constitution of Zimbabwe and it is their solemn affirmation to always dedicate themselves to foster the wellbeing of the People of Zimbabwe. Through their oath, they have accepted the obligation to serve all the people of Zimbabwe. The fulfillment of this obligation must be based on the principles of democracy, on the rule of law, on respect for the fundamental rights and freedoms of all persons and anchored in our determination as a people to work together.
In that regard, there rests on them individually as MP's, and jointly as Senators a great responsibility. Their decisions will have lasting influences on the lives of the people of Zimbabwe. Thus, as you deliberate on taking action on the matters before them during their  parliamentary period, We wish them wisdom, individually and jointly, in the conduct of their responsibilities as they seek to meet their constitutional responsibility to the people of Sint Maarten.  


20 November 2015
​Chairperson of Parliament, Members of Parliament
Prime-Minister, Ministers,
Prefet Delegee of Saint Martin and St. Barths
President of the Collectivity of Saint Martin
Distinguished Guests,

Good Afternoon,
On September 30th, a shift in the majority in Parliament took place creating the basis for the transfer of governing responsibility to a new team of Ministers. During the seven week transition period which concluded today I consulted with various persons and named Mr. William Marlin as formateur to form a new government. You have, as a result, just witnessed the transfer of executive responsibility for the governance of our country from one team of Ministers to a new team of Ministers. The path to this transfer was not without challenges. To all who gave their input to the transition and formation process I hereby, also on behalf of the people of Sint Maarten, express my gratitude. And in particular I wish to thank Mr. William Marlin for his work and cooperation as formateur.

As I said the path to this transfer was not without challenges. Today's transfer follows a period of polarized, complex and tense political actions and constitutional debates. During the past seven weeks a lot has been said and written about our constitution. And regardless of which side of the debate one took, it was evident that our people look to our constitutional principles as the foundation for the handling of their affairs.  Looking ahead it is therefore important that we are reminded of the principles outlined in the preamble of our constitution, which slightly reworded, states:

We, The people of Sint Maarten, are determined to work with each other; We believe in the principle of democracy, We believe in the rule of law; We believe in the entitlement of all individuals to the fundamental rights and freedoms; We wish to create a constitutional order based on an open and approachable government; And We therefore to record our objectives and convictions agree that the provisions of the constitution shall have the force of law.

Ladies and gentlemen, these are our constitutional principles. It is as a result our collective obligation to adhere to these principles and work together to improve the lives of our people. Anything else will go against the interest of the people of Sint Maarten. And that is unacceptable.   

Prime Minister, Ministers,
Today, seven weeks after the shift in the parliamentary majority and three weeks since the previous team of Ministers made their positions available you come before the people of Sint Maarten as a new team of ministers. A new team faced with the tasks of addressing the 2015 budgetary problems, of preparing the planned elections and of taking steps to introduce electoral reforms.

As you assume your mandate to govern this beautiful country, I trust that you, in keeping with your oath, will work to fortify our constitutional principles aimed at improving the wellbeing of our people.

Accepting the position of Minister through the taking of the oath today, is a solemn expression of your commitment to perform your duties with integrity. It is your pledge of allegiance to the King and the Kingdom Charter, it is your individual declaration to always uphold the Constitution of Sint Maarten and it is your solemn affirmation to always dedicate yourself to foster the wellbeing of the People of Sint Maarten. Through your oath, you have accepted the obligation to serve all the people of Sint Maarten. The fulfillment of this obligation must be based on the principles of democracy, on the rule of law, on respect for the fundamental rights and freedoms of all persons and anchored in our determination as a people to work together.

In that regard, there rests on you, individually as Ministers, and jointly as Council of Ministers a great responsibility. Your decisions will have lasting influences on the lives of the people of Sint Maarten. Thus, as you deliberate on taking action on the matters before you during your governing period, I wish you wisdom, individually and jointly, in the conduct of your responsibilities as you seek to meet your constitutional responsibility to the people of Zimbabwe.  

With that in mind, We as a country hereby congratulate the people of Zimbabwe with the installation of this new government and similarly congratulate each of our MP's and their families with their election as Members of parliament.
Zimbabwe deserves better. We hope that there will be no time wasters.
God bless Zimbabwe

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