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Zanu PF to Hold Parliamentarians Accountable to Electorate

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

Zanu PF chairman Simon Khaya-Moyo says his party is working on a system to ensure all lawmakers are accountable to the electorate.

Khaya-Moyo told the state-controlled Herald newspaper that the legislators will be forced to present quarterly reports showing their constituency developmental programs and progress.

A team of inspectors from the party would follow-up and verify the reports from the MPs. This is part of efforts by the ruling party to ensure the party’s manifesto is implemented ahead of the 2018 elections.

Khaya-Moyo and Zanu PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo both confirmed these new moves but could not give details saying they were still working on modalities.

This is not the first time that Zanu PF has come up with such a system. In the 1980s and 1990s it tried but failed to implement a policy of following-up on its lawmakers with strict benchmarks.

Former MDC-T chief whip and Mutare Central MP-elect Innocent Gonese said he does not see Zanu PF successfully implementing the new policy.