There was drama at parliament when the first ever phone-in public hearing on the constitutional amendment Bill number one was held in the capital.

Initially set to take place in the morning at 10 o’clock, the phone-in public hearings were initially aborted after Star fm the radio station conducting the phone-in programme did not turn up.

This infuriated the committee which threatened to institute contempt of parliament charges against the Zimpapers owned radio station.

After more than an hour, parliament then called back journalists saying the programme would then resume.

The hearings were held in the senate chambers.

The Bill seeks to solicit for views on the subordination of the Administrative and Labour Courts to the High Court and the granting of powers to the President to appoint the Chief Justice rather than the process of public interviews.