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SAZ ISO 9001-2015 CERTIFICATION AND THE ISP 2018-2023 LAUNCH

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Welcome to this live blog where Parliament of Zimbabwe is receiving its SAZ ISO 9001-2015 Certificate and launching the Institutional Strategic Plan for 2018-2023. Today’s blogging will be brought to you by Mr A. Nyamuramba  and Mrs C. Mpofu-Muvhami.

We are currently having a music interlude from the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services Band.

Various guests are expected to attend this important event who include Ambassadors, Permanent Secretaries,Development Partners,Civic Society Organistions Parliament Service Providers and the Media, amongst others.

Members of the Standing Rules and Orders Committee  have  already taken their seats  in the Parliament Courtyard. Also in attendance are Senior Management of Parliament  and Staff.

The Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly  Hon. T. Gezi and the Clerk of Parliament Mr. K. M. Chokuda have already taken their seats.

The Speaker of the National Assembly Hon J. F. Mudenda has now taken his seat. Ms F. Chiwara is giving a word of prayer to kick off the day’s proceedings.

The UNDP Deputy Country Representative Ms. M. Monga congratulated Parliament on achieving this milestone.

The Director General of  Standards Association of Zimbabwe Ms Eva Gadzikwa first thanked Parliament for a warm welcome and to be back to Parliament award another Certificate. The genesis of ISO at Parliament of Zimbabwe started on the 12th of September 2012.

The certificate being awarded today has  a three year validity Period . The Director of SAZ has encouraged Parliament to continue to pursue the standards that has got the institution the Certificate.

The 9001:2015 Standards Association  Certification is the most highly recognised standard in the world.  She has postulated that SAZ believes  this certification will bring  about an enhanced  Quality Management Systems.

The Standard will among other things  improve service delivery and procurement  because  one of the  key functions  of Parliament  is to make laws. With this in mind SAZ would like to continue influencing Parliament to make laws that improve  performance nation wide.

The Speaker of the National Assembly Hon . Advocate J. F Mudenda  is now giving  the key note address  and he gave  special recognition  to the former Clerk of Parliament  Mr Austin Zvoma.

The launch of the 9th Parliament ISP 2018-2023 and the handover of ISO 9001:2015 Certificate is an unprecedented event . As Parliament of Zimbabwe is the only Parliament  recognised world wide  as a world class ISO 9001:2015 recognised institution.

The Speaker has noted that the 9th Parliament is on course  to achieve its vision  of a strong independent , people driven  world class Parliament .

Section 117 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe  states that Parliament should make laws  for the peace , order and good governance of Zimbabwe. This is underpinned by the ISP  which should  make Parliament  a strong and independent institution.

The Speaker highlighted that the ISP should be the compass of Parliament , pointing out that no strategic plan is worth its salt if it does not make Parliament a world class Parliament . Parliament of Zimbabwe has  transformed from 9001 :2008  to 9001 :2015  a procedural management standard now concentrating on the risks involved.

Both MPs and the Administration of Parliament walk the talk and stick to the Constitution. He encouraged staff to remain motivated to implement the ISP.  He pleaded with the Administration to avoid the disease of producing  meticulous plans  that are never implemented.

Executive support, civic society organisations and Development Partners will need to be leveraged in order to achieve ISP goals .

In conclusion he expressed his gratitude  to service providers  and all guests , staff of Parliament  for the successful transmission from 9001 :2008 to 9001 :2015. He clearly emphasised his unreserved  gratitude to the Development Partners  through the UNDP Basket Fund  and thereafter he officially launched the ISP document and received the ISO Certificate which was officially handed over by Dr. E. Gadzikwa.

The Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Hon T. Gezi in her closing remarks said that the event has enabled people  to take stock of the work that is done by Parliament .  She reminded  Parliament Staff  to continue giving a service that exceeds customer requirements as exhibited today through the ISO certification.

The picture collage shows today’s event in photographs.

This second bunch of photographs shows the latter part of the dual ISP launch and ISO 9001:2015 Certification ceremony.

We have now come to the end of this session , thank you for following us , until we meet next week on Tuesday 01 October 2019 when we will be giving you coverage of the Official Opening of the 2nd session of the 9th Parliament, Goodbye.212427342sst1569573933 (1)

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2019 MID TERM BUDGET REVIEW STATEMENT

Welcome to todays live blog coverage brought to you by Mr. A. Nyamuramba , Mrs C. Mpofu- Muvhami and Miss D. Makina.

The Hon. Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Rural Resettlement and Climate Change, Hon P. Shiri has just apologised for his conduct in the House yesterday.

Hon J. Chinotimba has lambasted the members of the opposition for boycotting todays session,which will be attended by  His Excellency, the President , Cde E. Mnangagwa.

The Speaker has reminded the members of the opposition that His Excellency is the Head of State, Government , Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces  and is recognised by the AU , UN and all bodies under the sun.

H.E’s position is clearly spelt out in Section 116 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

The Speaker has ruled that the Members of the opposition should not be allowed to attend today’s sitting  and also forego their allowances.

The Hon Speaker has just adjourned the house in preparation for the arrival of H.E and the Minister of Finance Hon M. Ncube.

H.E the President of Zimbabwe Cde E. D. Mnangagwa has just entered the National Assembly Chamber and has taken his seat.

The Minister of Finance and Economic Development Hon Professor M. Ncube  has taken the stand and has begun to present the Mid Term Fiscal Review.

He has begun by capturing the key tenets noting that it is incumbent upon all of us to remain steadfast.

The Minister has announced that the current account is now balanced.

On expenditures he has noted that the Government’s expenditure  for January to June 2019 was $4.2 billion.

Concerning the budget balance for half of the year 2019 a surplus of   $803,6 million was realised.

He has postulated that all Treasury Bills were honoured by Government.

The Minister has pointed out that current account balance has had  a surplus of some  USD 106 million   registered in the first half of 2019 compared to a deficit during the same period in 2018.

The Minister has highlighted that the 1:1 bond note to USD exchange rate  became unsustainable. As a result a liberal inter-bank exchange rate came into operation and this has seen the decepitation of the run away parallel market rate.

The expected expenditure will be ZWL 18,62 billion against an expected income of ZWL 14.1 Billion .

He has  pointed out that Government had to cushion civil Servants and Pensioners because of the inflation.

In preparation of 2019 – 2020 Agricultural session the Government will set aside ZWL 1,67 Billion  in support of strategic grains production.

He reiterated that measures will be put in place to recover all the loans that are going to be disbursed to the farmers.

ZWL 630 Million has been set aside for the purchase of grains and logistics.

A gold finance facility is being put in place to support Fidelity Printers  to buy gold at  a rate of 55% being retained by  producers through nostro accounts and 45% being in local currency.

The drought has reduced the the production of electricity at Kariba , which has led to  power cuts.

Government has approved  with immediate effect new electricity tariffs among others for domestic and agriculture as follows:

Domestic  from 9,86 Zim Cents to 27 Cents per Kilo Watt Hour and  the same applies for Agriculture.

The Minister has stated that thee decision to upgrade the roads continues to offer benefits for road users.

To cater for road rehabilitation and resurfacing a total of 284.2 Million has been set aside to year end.

In the health Sector, to date four posts namely Dundwe , Minda , Kairezi  and Gumbochuma are now in the final stages of completion  and expected to be open  to communities in the third quarter of 2019.

With regards to central hospitals , refurbishment works for the medical gas reticulation system, theaters and incinerators at Mpilo and UBH have now been completed.

 

 

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STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, THE PRESIDENT, CDE E.D. MNANGAGWA, 20 DECEMBER 2017

Welcome to the live coverage of the First State of the Nation Address by His, Excellency, The President, Cde. Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa. The overage of today’s event will be brought to you by Mr A. Nyamuramba and Ms T. L. Manyemba where His Excellency will be addressing a joint sitting of the Senate and the National Assembly in terms of Section 140 (4) of the Constitution.