parliamentarians sitting 05-10-10.jpgLegislators from across the political divide say the speech by the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe at the official opening of the Fourth session of the Seventh Parliament of Zimbabwe has set the tone for a legislative agenda to transform the country’s socio-economic landscape.

Legislators from the three political parties agree that President Mugabe articulated critical issues that can build the socio-economic and political spheres in the country and shape the legislative agenda.

Murehwa Member of the House of Assembly, Cde Simbaneuta Mudarikwa said the issue of transforming 99 year leases into security of tenure is inspiring as agricultural productivity was being negatively affected by lack of full support from financial institutions.

“For banks to offer loans, they demand collateral security and now there will be security in these 99 year leases, this is a very commendable step towards economic development,” he said.

Mufakose legislator, Ms Paurina Mpariwa said Cde Mugabe’s pronouncement of the bills to be tabled before Parliament, especially for the elderly will help transform lives of the disadvantaged members of society.

Others from across the political divide commended President Mugabe for denouncing political violence which has been affecting the grass roots.

The Fourth Session of the 7th Parliament of Zimbabwe was officially opened on Tuesday amid expectations that legislators will transform their operations and work to fulfil national interests.