senate resumes sitting 07.12.10.jpgSenate has resumed sitting with orderly conduct after Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence forces, President Robert Mugabe recalled Senators, following adjournment of business in the upper house due to rowdy behaviour by MDC-T Senators.

 

The premature adjournment had been caused by the MDC-T Senators, who had caused chaos while protesting against the presence of reappointed  provincial governors in the house, prompting the President of the Senate, Cde Edna Madzongwe to adjourn the house to February next year.

 

After agreement by the 3 principals in the inclusive government, President Mugabe summoned the Upper House of Assembly members to reconvene for the business of debating the Finance and Appropriation Bills, the ratification of agreements or protocols and any other government bills that are currently before parliament.
 
However, the passage of the 2011 Finance Bill in the Upper House might take a little longer as the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Budget, Cde Paddy Zhanda raised a number of issues that require amendment during debate on the bill during the first reading.

 

Cde Zhanda raised issues like the parliamentarians’ welfare, civil servants salaries and the constituency development fund, among other issues needing amendment.

 

Though the bill might sail through for the second reading in parliament, fireworks are expected in the debate before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Budget, a situation that might lead to Finance Minister, Mr Tendai Biti making some adjustments to the budget he presented to parliament last month.