BY ZBC Reporter
Speaker of the National assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda has challenged citizens to take parliament to task over issues that have an impact on national development.
This comes after unnecessary imports gobbled 20 billion United States dollars in the last four years.
As part of parliament’s outreach programme, Advocate Mudenda held an interactive session with tertiary institutions from Mashonaland West this Monday, to give citizens an insight into the role of the legislature in national development.
Advocate Mudenda challenged tertiary institutions to implement the education 5.0 model through innovation and help reduce the import bill on consumables which can be manufactured locally.
“In that list of imports are toothpicks imported from China. When we have so much appropriate wood stocks when we have CUT here. Is that not a shame? Hold your parliament to account in ensuring that it has oversight on these nonsensical imports.
“Ladies and gentlemen thus the above constitutional mandate to me is an apt synopsis of education 5.0. However in order for tertiary instructions to fully conceptualise the tenet of education 5.0 cognisance must be taken of the historical antecedent pronounced by our regional sadc leaders in their documents.
“The first one, the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan. Any university worth its salt must be familiar with that document if it is to translate education 5.0 into action. And the other is the SADC protocol on technology and development. Our development matrix must be technology-based at all time.”
Tertiary institutions were also urged to instil strong cultural values to avoid breeding corrupt citizens.
“To avoid fostering primitive accumulation our institutions must inject in their students a strong value culture that emphasises greater integrity and consummate character,” said Adv Mudenda.
Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development Minister, Professor Amon Murwira revealed that the Centre for Education, Innovation Research and Development Bill has been gazetted as an enabler for industrialisation.
“We are streamlining the University Acts and the Manpower Planning Development Act. We are trying to give much thinking and development autonomy to our tertiary institutions.”
In her remarks, Mashonaland West Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Cde Mary Mliswa spoke on the importance of the outreach programme in creating synergies with stakeholders on parliamentary issues.
After the meeting, Advocate Mudenda was taken on a tour of the Chinhoyi University of Technology Industrial Park, innovation hub and other projects being undertaken by the institution.