Bill Watch 49-2017 State of the Nation Address: and MPs Start a Short Recess

BILL WATCH 49/2017

[22nd December 2017]

Parliament Takes a Break after the State of the Nation Address

The National Assembly will Resume on Tuesday 9th January 2018

The Senate will Resume on Tuesday 13th February 2018

State of the Nation Address : 20th December

President Mnangagwa delivered his first State of the Nation Address [SONA] at a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 20th December.  The event took place at the Harare International Conference Centre [the same venue used for the joint sitting of 21st November called to consider the impeachment of former President Robert Mugabe], as neither the Senate nor the National Assembly chambers can accommodate a joint sitting.  The full text of the address is available on the Veritas website [link].

The President began his address by commending the Defence Forces for their role over the past few weeks:

“in defending the national interest by initiating what has now become known as “Operation Restore Legacy”. This was indeed in line with their mandate of protecting Zimbabwe, its people, its national security and interests and its territorial integrity, and by upholding the Constitution, as provided for in section 212 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.”

He went on to:

“… commend the entire nation for their role in ensuring a peaceful transition.  Zimbabweans demonstrated that sovereignty resides with the people.  The sons and daughters of this great nation on this occasion demonstrated unity, love, tolerance, endurance, patriotism, peace and maturity.”

He reiterated the announcement by the new Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, General Phillip Sibanda, that “Operation Restore Legacy” had ended “since the situation in the country has returned to normalcy”.

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