Zimbabwean Women’s Views on the Performance of Parliamentarians in their Constituencies*
The Parliament project spearheaded by the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) since 2013 has the objective of assessing whether Members of Parliament (MPs) are effectively and efficiently performing their tasks as per the expectations of the constituencies that they represent in Parliament. A three part series of reports was produced that provided an overview of the performance of MPs during the Parliament sessions covering the period June 2012 to June 2013. The initial report focused on the attendance of Parliamentarians and their participation in the ordinary sessions, portfolio committees and answer and question sessions. Part of this series included a report providing a gendered analysis of the last year of the Seventh Parliament of Zimbabwe by providing an analysis of the female Parliamentarians’ performance in Parliament versus their male counterparts. The achievements of this session were examined in the third and final report that focused.
These reports on the performance of Parliamentarians in the 7th Parliament have been followed by a recently published report on their performance in the first session of the 8th Parliament. This report focused only on the House of Assembly, but was interesting in that the House of Assembly is now controlled by a single party, ZANU PF, as opposed to the split Parliament that followed the 2008 elections and the Global Political Agreement (GPA).