OCCASIONAL VISITORS? ATTENDANCE IN THE SEVENTH PARLIAMENT OF ZIMBABWE
After its five year term, the Seventh Parliament of Zimbabwe – which existed during the life of the Global Political Agreement – was widely believed to have been ineffective. This motivated a need to analyse whether the Seventh Parliament was, in reality, an idle body or it performed its role to the best of its ability, under the circumstances. This paper is first of a three part series of an intensive analysis of the performance of the Seventh Parliament in its last year of tenure from June 2012 until June 2013. Key indicators including attendance of parliamentary sittings, participation in ordinary plenary sessions, participation in portfolio committees, and participation in question and answer sessions were used in the assessment of the Seventh Parliament. This is the first of the three reports and is concerned only with attendance of Parliamentarians in the House of Assembly and Senate.