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All MPs get laptops this month

All the 350 Members of Parliament will receive laptops by the end of this month following their demand that they were getting bogged down with papers while doing legislative business, the Clerk of Parliament announced at the recently ended pre-budget seminar in Victoria Falls.

“You will have the laptops before we close this Parliament session. Our suppliers are expecting to have the laptops on 26 November and immediately thereafter we will give to members,” said Mr Kennedy Chokuda, the Clerk of Parliament, while addressing the legislators.

He did not reveal the cost of the laptops.
Chegutu West Member of Parliament Dexter Nduna had asked what Government was doing with regards to embracing the use of technology in the country.

Speaking during the same occasion, Information Communication Technologies, Postal and Courier Services Minister Kazembe Kazembe said they were targeting to have “Paperless Government Business” by 2030.

“Our idea is to have a paperless Government business. We want the Judiciary, Parliament and all Government departments to embrace ICT as we are targeting a Smart Zimbabwe by 2030 where we will have a smart economy, Smart tourism, Smart business and Smart everything in Government,” he said.

This was after the then Minister of Information Communication Technologies, Postal and Courier Services Minister Kazembe Kazembe (moved in Cabinet reshuffle yesterday to become Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage) said they were targeting to have “Paperless Government Business” by 2030.

“Our idea is to have a paperless Government business. We want the Judiciary, Parliament and all Government departments to embrace ICT as we are targeting a Smart Zimbabwe by 2030 where we will have a smart economy, Smart tourism, Smart business and Smart everything in Government,” he said.

Mr Chokuda also appealed to Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube for funds to purchase a bus for the House of Assembly staff who he said usually get stranded at work after Parliament sittings.

“After every sitting, Parliament workers remain behind compiling reports and there would be no transport to take them home by the time they finish,” he said.

All the Members of Parliament attended the 2019 pre-budget seminar at the Elephant Hills Resorts Hotel in Victoria Falls, a move which was condemned as a case of profligacy at a time the Government has been failing to pay civil servants a decent wage.

The lowest paid civil servant takes home ZWL$1, 023 which is about USD40 on the parallel market.

The MPs get an allowance of ZWL$700 per sitting.

Doctors have also been on strike for the past three months demanding a salary which is linked to the interbank exchange rate.

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