The Speaker of Parliament Advocate Jacob Francis Mudenda on Thursday 1 March and Friday 2 March met with civil society organisations, development partners, the media fraternity and academia under the programme Speaker’s Public Dialogue Forum.
The programme was attended by 120 participants and 170 participants on Thursday and Friday respectively. The main purpose of the Speaker’s Public Dialogue Forum is to create a platform whereby civil society, media, development partners and the academia interact with
the Speaker on a regular basis to discuss effective strategies of engagement as well as getting
updates on critical issues before Parliament.
Participants have an opportunity to field questions to the Speaker on any important issues of public interest before or related to the business of Parliament.
SAPST Deputy Director Mr Israel Chilimanzi outlined how the organisation is strengthening and supporting Parliament activities. He said SAPST will continue to provide technical support to strengthen parliamentary processes and public participation in the legislative process for good governance and accountability.
Advocate Mudenda explained the role of Parliament and how it operates, the legislative process, public outreaches, petitions and need for public involvement in parliamentary processes. He also commended SAPST for the work they are doing in supporting Parliamentary activities.
In his presentation at Africa University, Advocate Mudenda challenged academics at different institutions of higher learning to use their skills and thinking to critique Bills and come up with innovations that will develop Zimbabwe. He also highlighted that Midlands State University was spearheading a programme to translate the Constitution into vernacular languages.
Members of the Academia fraternity also had the chance to interact with the Speaker of Parliament during the question and answer session. Advocate Mudenda completed his visit by touring the institution and commended its leadership for the good work they are doing.