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Parly Reconvenes with SONA and Budget at Mt Hampden

Parliament will this week reconvene after a two week adjournment following the pre budget seminar with the state of the nation address expected to lead the the reconvening of both Senate and Parliament for the SONA address before the Budget Presentation for 2023 according to Government Notice 2022-2525 this week.

According to a Government Notice circulated which however stated nothing in relation to the budget yesterday by the speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda titled –“Notice of Official Opening of Parliament and State of the Nation Address…during which the President will set out the Government’s legislative agenda for the Fifth Session of the Ninth Parliament; and (b) in terms of section 140(4) of the Constitution, deliver the State of the Nation Address.”

The notice further stated that “IT is hereby notified, for public information, that His Excellency, the President of the Republic ofZimbabwe, Dr Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, will—(a) in terms of section 140(1) of the Constitution, address a joint sitting of the Senate and the National Assembly on Wednesday the 23rd of November, 2022, at 12 o’clock noon…”

The official opening which signifies Zimbabwe’s infrastructural strides despite posing questions on the related debt processes as argued constantly in Parliament presents cheers shrouded in questions on sustainability consistencies as justified by the Pan African call to abhor dependency.

The budget process is the climax of vast socioeconomic and political debate and realisations on accountability, global expectations, indigenous socioeconomic contextualisation, diplomatic, democratic and development returns.

With Mudenda having passed votes of no confidence in most Ministry ‘s capacity to justify their use of funds allocated by the Minister of Finance, Mthuli Ncube in 2022 before warranting the argued better release of more funds at the Pre Budget Seminar, against the Auditor General’s continued exposition of irregularities the two anti corruption Taskforce should spearhead compliancy.

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