Nokusa Masuku Chronicle Reporter
PRESIDENT Mugabe will officially open the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament in Harare today. In his address, the President is expected to spell out the session’s legislative agenda in a development that will see a number of laws being aligned with the new Constitution. “The Clerk of Parliament would like to inform all members of Parliament that His Excellency, The President Cde RG Mugabe, will officially open the second session of the Eighth Parliament on Tuesday 28 October 2014,” the Clerk of Parliament, Austin Zvoma, said in a statement.
The President’s Parliamentary address follows a motion moved last month during parliament’s first session by Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Deputy Minister Fortune Chasi inviting him to officially open the Legislative Assembly, more than a year after Zanu-PF’s resounding victory in the July 2013 polls.
The Deputy Minister said while the previous Constitution provided that the President officially open parliament, it was prudent to maintain that convention despite it not being provided for in the current Constitution.
Zanu-PF commands more than two thirds majority in Parliament following its electoral victory during last year’s general polls after defeating MDC factions in a poll that saw Morgan Tsvangirai’s party suffering its heaviest defeat since its formation in 1999 as the ruling party also reclaimed lost ground in urban areas.
The opening of the first session of the Eighth Parliament last year saw President Mugabe spelling out objectives of the new government that is pursuing ways for sustained economic recovery and growth through Zim-Asset.