morgan-tsvangirai_1.jpgThe relationship between the Executive and the Legislature should be that of mutual co-operation, respect and good communication.

This was said by the Prime Minister Mr. Morgan Tsvangirai when he officially opened a retreat workshop for parliamentarians in Harare. 

The Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary are the three arms of the state which though independent of each other work towards one goal.

 

However recently, there have been accusations and counter accusations between the parliamentary portfolio committees and ministers. 

 

On one hand, government ministers say they are being harassed and humiliated before parliamentary portfolio committees while the committees say they are legitimately carrying out their mandate of enquiring what is happening in the ministries.

 

Legislators have also raised concern over the failure by front benchers to answer to the raised questions in parliament.

 

Prime Minister Mr. Morgan Tsvangirai said there is need for mutual co-operation based upon mutual respect in-depth understanding and the need to put the interest of the people first.

 

Prime Minister Tsvangirai in acknowledging that he has received complaints from both the Executive and the Legislature, said the work of Parliament is not to humiliate the Executive but to strengthen its operation as the two are on the same side working towards one goal of serving the people of Zimbabwe.

 

Speakers at the parliamentary workshop agreed that parliament has a mandate to make laws for peace, order and good governance of the country as well as monitor and implement public policies for the benefit of the public adding that parliament does not seek to govern the role of the Executive.