The inaugural edition of the Parliament Open Day will be held in Harare tomorrow, with various exhibitions lined up to create an interface between the public and the legislators.
The event will also celebrate the history of the Parliament of Zimbabwe and demystify public conceptions on the operations of parliament.
In this light, the open day follows a 1996 comprehensive reform process initiated to ensure that the Parliament becomes more open, more accessible and more effective in the discharge of its duties.
Addressing a media gathering in Harare today, Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda said the open day event falls among their key strategic initiatives to allow the public a window into the work and activities of parliamentarians.
Work on the exhibition centre housed at the Parliament Building car park is at finalisation stage and will feature, among other activities, pictorial and video displays of the history of the Parliament of Zimbabwe, live debates from the gallery, quiz contests, a symposium and a dinner.
The success of this edition will be used to map the way on hosting similar events in the future as noted by Senate president Cde Edna Madzongwe.
The Parliament Open Day concept has been successfully rolled out across the globe in countries such as Kenya, the Czech Republic and the European parliament.