Engage citizens in the policy making process, Mps told

There is need for constant engagement with members of the public in the policy making process to enable law makers to forge informed and meaningful debates in Parliament, a Legislator has said.
Speaking during a constituency sensitisation meeting held in Kwekwe recently, Mbizo Constituency Member of Parliament Hon. Settlement Chikwinya said engaging citizens would keep Legislators abreast of real challenges affecting them and therefore inform the policy making process.
Furthermore, Hon Chikwinya pledged to regularly meet with the communities and represent them in Parliament effectively.
The meeting, organised by SAPST and supported by USAID was meant to raise awareness on the role of Parliament, processes and procedures as well as educate them on the available avenues for citizens to engage Parliament.
The meeting further presented an opportunity for participants to be knowledgeable on activities and programs being out through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
SAPST Legal Officer Vivian Mashavave facilitated a session on the Constitutional role and mandate of elected officials including Legislators and Councillors while representatives from the Mayor’s office, the District Administrator’s office and Councillors outlined their roles and functions.
Constituency members raised concerns that include violence by small scale artisanal miners and deterrent measures to deal with such cases, access to land for women, the elderly, child-headed families and youths and access to birth certificates, IDs and travel documents.
They also called on the DA to avail information on drought relief programmes and not on partisan basis.
SAPST is carrying out similar sensitization meetings across the country in areas such as Bulawayo, Mutare, Gwanda, Masvingo and Gokwe.

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