Opinion: Is It The Role Of An MP To Develop His Constituency?

During elections, ALL parliamentary candidates without exception PROMISE to bring development to their constituencies once elected into office. They all PROMISE to bring water, build schools, construct bridges, erect clinics, put up youth empowerment/resource centres etecetra. However, once these candidates … Continued

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During elections, ALL parliamentary candidates without exception PROMISE to bring development to their constituencies once elected into office. They all PROMISE to bring water, build schools, construct bridges, erect clinics, put up youth empowerment/resource centres etecetra. However, once these candidates win elections they change their hymn and start claiming that it is NOT their job to develop their respective constituencies; they all claim that theirs is just to legislate, kwamama! So what’s what, is it the role of an MP to develop his Constituency? ARTICLE 63 of the Republican Constitution defines the role of Members of Parliament as such: (1) Parliament shall enact legislation through Bills passed by the National Assembly and assented to by the President. (2) The National Assembly shall oversee the performance of executive functions by— (a) ensuring equity in the distribution of national resources amongst the people of Zambia; (b) appropriating funds for expenditure by State organs, State institutions, provincial administration, local authorities and other bodies; (c) scrutinising public expenditure, including defence, constitutional and special expenditure; (d) approving public debt before it is contracted; and (e) approving international agreements and treaties before these are acceded to or ratified. From the Constitutional provisions above, it is quite evident that it is the responsibility of a Member of Parliament to: a) Hold the Executive accountable b) Ensure his or each Constituency gets an equitable share of the national cake c) Ensure that state resources are used prudently to the benefit of his or each Constituency d) Ensure that the national budget is responsive to the needs of his or each Constituency f) Ensure that CDF is utilised towards the development of his Constituency From the above exegesis it is clear that it is indeed the role of an MP to develop his Constituency. Legislation is but just one of the roles of an MP but it is not the only one. Therefore, MPs must be held responsible for failing to improve the social and economic status of their respective constituencies. Written by Antonio Mwanza The post Opinion: Is It The Role Of An MP To Develop His Constituency? appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Ombudsman Receives Over Five Hundred Complaints

[ANGOP] Luanda -Around five hundred complaints are filed daily in the Ombudsman’s Office by Angolan citizens seeking to safeguard their rights, Angolan deputy ombudswoman, Antónia Florbela Araújo Rocha said Monday in Luanda.

[ANGOP] Luanda -Around five hundred complaints are filed daily in the Ombudsman's Office by Angolan citizens seeking to safeguard their rights, Angolan deputy ombudswoman, Antónia Florbela Araújo Rocha said Monday in Luanda.

source: AllAfrica News: Angola

MPs Extol Jaka Jamba’s Patriotic Feelings

[ANGOP] Luanda -Members of National Assembly Monday praised the qualities of the nationalist, politician and historian Almerindo Jaka Jamba, describing him as a very intelligent figure who placed his patriotic feelings above all interests.

[ANGOP] Luanda -Members of National Assembly Monday praised the qualities of the nationalist, politician and historian Almerindo Jaka Jamba, describing him as a very intelligent figure who placed his patriotic feelings above all interests.

source: AllAfrica News: Angola

Call to Reduce Accidents in Mozambican Waters

[AIM] Maputo -More vigorous measures by Mozambique’s maritime administration could reduce the number of accidents in Mozambican waters, and the deaths they cause, said Transport Minister Carlos Mesquita on Monday.

[AIM] Maputo -More vigorous measures by Mozambique's maritime administration could reduce the number of accidents in Mozambican waters, and the deaths they cause, said Transport Minister Carlos Mesquita on Monday.

source: AllAfrica News: Mozambique

Pacific Rim Downsizes

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source: AllAfrica News: Ethiopia

Nyusi Warns Against Lynch Mobs

[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Monday urged the population of the southern province of Gaza not to take the law into their own hands by forming lynch mobs that kill alleged criminals.

[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Monday urged the population of the southern province of Gaza not to take the law into their own hands by forming lynch mobs that kill alleged criminals.

source: AllAfrica News: Mozambique

Vegetable Oil Refinery Planned for Cuamba

[AIM] Maputo -The Niassa Cotton Company (SAN) is proposing to invest 120 million meticais (about two million US dollars) in establishing a vegetable oil refinery in the northern Mozambican city of Cuamba, according to a report in Monday’s issue of the …

[AIM] Maputo -The Niassa Cotton Company (SAN) is proposing to invest 120 million meticais (about two million US dollars) in establishing a vegetable oil refinery in the northern Mozambican city of Cuamba, according to a report in Monday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias".

source: AllAfrica News: Mozambique