It has been an insightful first half of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on the Ministry of ICT, Postal and Courier Services workshop at the Great Zimbabwe Hotel in Masvingo yesterday which left the legislators with key take-aways for their constituencies.
The workshop ending today will continue with delegates touring the Great Zimbabwe Ruins.
The workshop organised by the Postal and Teleommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe saw the legislators’ portfolio committee chaired by Kuwadzana East Member of Parliament Nelson Chamisa receive doses of information to feed their constituencies pertaining to the operations of the regulator and progress updates on the postal and telecommunications sectors.
Speaker after speaker from Potraz, shared with the members of parliament how the regulator is trying to develop the postal and telecommunications sectors.
The Members of Parliament sought answers from the Potraz directors and its parent ministry on various issues ranging from Community information centers, the Universal Services Fund, the spectrum allocation, and Zimpost’s viability in an age where mails appear redundant.
Other issues they wanted clarity on included the obsolete computers at some Community Information Centres, the poor buses at Zimpost, e-Government implementation progress, cyber security bill among other issues.
Potraz directors answered all the questions directed to them.
ICT, Postal and Courier Services Permanent Secretary Engineer Sam Kundishora was representing his minister Supa Mandiwanzira. Potraz Director General Gift Machengete, his deputy Alfred Marisa and their team were also present. Officials from the Attorney General’s office as well as Parliament officials were there.