A cross-section of Zimbabweans has applauded Zanu PF legislators for showing political maturity by forgoing parliamentary vehicles to allow government to channel more resources towards addressing urgent demands.
When President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced that Zimbabweans must tighten their belts, and Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube pronounced a budget anchored on austerity measures for the nation to prosper, the expectation was that political leaders would be the ones to lead by example.
But even as the policy direction meant to enable the implementation of the Transitional Stabilisation Programme was still in its formative stages, the legislature, one of the three arms of the state, was already extorting luxury vehicles, a gym, iPads and even dessert at parliament, from Professor Ncube.
It therefore follows that when Zanu PF chief whip Cde Pupurai Togarepi announced that his party legislators have made the decision to forgo the vehicles in the meantime so that government deals with other competing and more pressing demands, it was sweet music to the electorate.
Cde Togarepi says they engaged their peers from the opposition MDC Alliance on the matter, but they are yet to communicate their position.
Legislators have been increasingly agitating for an upward review of their conditions of service to the extent of threatening to refuse to pass the 2019 National Budget if Professor Ncube did not accede to their demands for luxurious vehicles and other needs associated with being a parliamentarian.
The finance minister reviewed the parliamentary budget allocation from $101 million to $145 million in response but the latest act by Zanu PF parliamentarians reflects a legislature in touch with reality.