The newly elected Members of Parliament have been urged to prioritise their mandate to represent their constituencies through enacting laws that transform the lives of citizens.
This was said by the Women’s Academy for Leadership and Political Excellence (WALPE) ahead of the official opening of the 10th Parliament today.
In a statement, WALPE told legislators not to forget their purpose to represent constituencies.
“As the 10th Parliament resumes it’s official duties today with it’s first session, we urge the legislators not to forget their elected mandate which is to represent their various constituencies and enact laws that see the progression of every Zimbabwean citizen.
“Legislators are bound to be mindful of the different Bills that were in their various stages and ensure that they incorporate the needs and wants of their constituencies.” Reads the statement.
The organisation also encouraged lawmakers to promote teamwork regardless of gender or tribe.
“WALPE encourages the lawmakers to respect each other’s views regardless of political party representation, gender or tribe. In previous sessions of Parliament, there has been a noted concern of hacking of women Members of Parliament, with some going as far as name-calling in the August House,” the statement reads.
Legislators have also been urged to consider women living disabilities, and craft laws that protect women from sexual harassment.
“Issues of sexual harassment of women Parliamentarians needs to also be addressed with urgency and severity that they deserve, as it is a scourge that has hindered many women, young women and women with disabilities from taking up leadership positions.” Adds the statement.
The newly elected legislators will start their term of office today