Live updates by The Herald
President Mugabe has now arrived at State House en route Parliament for the official opening of the Fourth Session of Parliament. He is accompanied by First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe.
11:25 Some of the delegates have arrived in parliament and already seated in the Speaker’s Gallery are Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda and his deputies Justin Mupamhanga and Rtd Col Christian Katsande as well as former Clerk of Parliament, Mr Austin Zvoma.
11:35 President Mugabe’s daughter Bona and her husband Simba have walked into the Speaker’s Gallery
12:15 H.E has arrived in parliament and is now delivering speech spelling out legislative agenda
12:18 “Work is underway to establish a natural gas,” says Pres Mugabe adding that the Ministry of Energy is in the process of crafting policy to enable private sector participation in the energy sector.
12:20 ”The Economy faces a lot of challenges and a Bill to establish national competitiveness for local companies will be tabled.” The Bill will repeal the National Income Price Act which has outlived its lifespan. Parliament will also consider the Civil Aviation Amendment Bill to facilitate joint ventures in national airport sector.
12:24 Pres Mugabe says the reform of state enterprises remain a priority for Government.
12:26 “Government recently approved a turnaround strategy for Cold Storage company. We are happy that Arda is now on the recovery path. The Public Sector Procurement Bill will be tabled to ensure decentralisation of procurement of goods and services in state entities.”
12:30 H.E. says a new Labour Bill will be tabled while greater protection will be given to children through the Child Protection Bill. He adds, Government will launch the 2016 STEM project and The Manpower Development Act will be amended to ensure greater focus on its mandate.
12:33 ”The Indigenous Act will be amended to bring it into consonant with policy changes enunciated by my government in April this year. The Computer crime and Cyber Bill will be tabled to deal with what Governments the world over are grappling with.”
12:35“In conclusion i wish to remind MPs of your sacrosanct duty to enact laws that promote development in an environment of peace. You will not only enact laws but to adhere to them,” says Pres Mugabe.
12:37 “I now take this opportunity to declare the Fourth Session of the Eighth Parliament duly opened.”
12:39 President is now greeting MPs and Government Ministers as he walks out of Parliament amid cheering and ululation by MPs.
12:43 Supreme court judges led by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku now leave the Chamber and Speaker of National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda assumes his Chair and leads MPs in.prayer in preparation for the sitting of Parliament.