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(HERALD ZW) Zanu-PF parliamentary majority godsend – Mnangagwa
October 2, 2013
Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter

Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday said the resounding victory by Zanu-PF in the July 31 harmonised elections will enable the party to effectively implement its policies and programmes in Parliament without hindrances that were caused by the previous hung Parliament.

Minister Mnangagwa said this in his congratulatory message to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Cde Jacob Mudenda, and his deputy, Cde Mabel Chinomona, in the National Assembly.

“The just ended Seventh Parliament, which was in fact a hung Parliament, naturally it was not always easy to debate issues and pass Bills as no party would effectively implement its policies or its manifesto.

“Now that Zanu-PF won a landslide on July 31 and holds and commands a comfortable majority in both Houses (National Assembly and Senate), as leaders, it is now possible to debate and enact programmes and policies outlined by His Excellency the President and Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces in his address at the opening of the Eighth Parliament of Zimbabwe,” he said.

Minister Mnangagwa said Zimbabweans now awaited the fulfilment of promises made by Zanu-PF in its election campaign, adding it was incumbent upon Cde Mudenda to direct debate in the House.

Zanu-PF won 160 seats of the 210 contested seats in the just ended elections with the MDC-T winning a paltry 49 while one was won by an independent.

With the inclusion of seats from proportional representation Zanu-PF has 197, the MDC-T 70 while the Welshman Ncube led MDC formation has two. President Mugabe trounced his MDC-T opponent Mr Morgan Tsvangirai after he garnered 61,09 percent of the vote as compared to Mr Tsvangirai’s 33,94 percent.

“The electorate now awaits the fulfilment of the promises we made to them during the election campaigns with bated breath.

“Indeed the task of superintending and ensuring robust and constructive debate around these issues without denigrating the powers of the judiciary lies in your (Cde Mudenda) hands,” he said.

Zanu-PF ran its election campaign under the theme “Indigenise, Empower, Develop, and Create Employment”.

The revolutionary party promised to vigorously pursue indigenisation policies through the transfer of majority ownership of resources into the hands of majority blacks.

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