SENATORS from the thematic committee on Peace and Security recently toured some GMB Depots in the country to assess the food situation in the country. The senators first toured GMB Concession in Mashonaland Central Province were they were entertained by the Chief Executive Mr Rockie Mutenha, Acting Regional Manager-Nothern, Mr Marko Jokonya, Depot Manager, Mr Collin Meki and members from the Corporate Communications Department. From Concession the team of Senators that was led by Chief Ngungumbane real name is Mkwananzi Zama Nthua who was the acting chairman of the thematic committee later toured Buhera Depot and Gokwe Depot.
In Buhera to answer on behalf of the GMB was a team led by Operations Director, Mr Lawrence Jasi. The chairman of the thematic committee on Peace and Security, Senator Dr David Parirenyatwa was to join his colleagues for the Gwanda, Binga and Bulawayo Depot tours in which he emphasised that the purpose of the visits was to appreciate the need for food in the country versus the tonnage that the GMB was holding currently. They also wanted to get information on plans by Government and GMB on clearing the deficit. “As we are gathered here today in Binga, we have actually brought Parliament to Binga.
As a result you are covered by the Priviliges and Immunity of Parliament. I therefore urge you to discuss with us truthfully without fear of reprisals as we want to tackle this issue of food security which can threaten peace in the country,” said Senator Dr Parirenyatwa. Overally, the Senators were impressed by the work that the GMB is doing to the nation and urged Mr Mutenha to keep motivating his team. Some senators who spoke to Dura News described the touring exercise of GMB depots as enlightening as much as it was fun. “When we sit in Parliament we will be now ambassadors for GMB as we have managed to learn more about the operations of this strategic institution to the nation. We also managed to clear some misconceptions surrounding the GMB and I guarantee that we will be debating from an informed position on any matters to do with the GMB,” said Senator Molly Ndlovu who represents Bulawayo Province in Parliament.
The Senate of Zimbabwe is the upper of the two chambers in Zimbabwe’s Parliament. It existed from Independence in 1980 until 1989, and was re-introduced in November 2005. The other chamber of Parliament is the House of Assembly. In its current form, the Senate has 80 members. Of these, 60 members are elected from 10 six- member constituencies (based on the provinces) by proportional representation using party lists; the lists must have a woman at the top and alternate between men and women. The other 20 seats include two reserved for people with disabilities and 18 for traditional chiefs.