Parliament has strengthened its synergies with the Zimbabwe Economic Policy Analysis and Research Unit (ZEPARU) after renewing their Memorandum of Understanding to promote evidence based and informed policy decision making processes.
The renewal of vows by the two institutions is premised on the anticipation that ZEPARU will proffer a critical mass of knowledge to Parliament to actualise its constitutional roles of oversight, legislation and representation.
Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda said they have strong confidence in ZEPARU’s intellectual research capacity as proven by the institution’s production of an incisive baseline survey on economic literacy for Parliamentarians.
The Executive Director of ZEPARU, Dr Gibson Chigumira highlighted that their union will leverage on the country’s efforts towards sustainable development as guided by the National Development Strategy 1.
“Parliament can only contribute meaningfully to the discourse on domestic resource mobilisation and illicit financial flows if it is properly supported by sound researched information as anticipated from ZEPARU Partnership efforts with Parliament,” Dr Chigumira said.
Meanwhile, Parliament received sporting kits and tracksuits from the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) that will help in enhancing social cohesion among parliamentarians through partaking in sporting activities.
TIMB Public Relations Officer Chelesani Moyo said, “As TIMB we want to promote healthy living and as such we are excited to present this gift to Parliamentarians and we hope it will go a long way in helping to improve the wellness of MPs as well as staff.”
“I would like to put emphasis on the importance of keeping fit and therefore I encourage each one of us to make sport a part of their everyday life,” said the Deputy President of the Senate, Honourable Lt General (Rtd) Mike Nyambuya.
The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Sport led by Honourable Temba Mliswa pledged to put the sporting kits to good use.