PARLIAMENT of Zimbabwe recently re-launched its website as it intensifies its effort to promote interaction with members of the public in line with Section 141(a) of the country’s constitution.
The constitution in section 141(a) mandates Parliament to facilitate public involvement in its legislative and other processes and in the process of its committees.
By TechnoMag Reporter
Officially launching the redesigned website, Speaker of National Assembly Jacob Mudenda said the redesigned website will go a long way in promoting openness and accessibility of parliament to the public.
“Without doubt, this momentous event eloquently signifies our collective resolve as the political and administrative leadership of Parliament to make it more open, accessible and responsive to the multifarious information needs of the people of Zimbabwe from whom Parliament derives its legislative authority.
“The launch of this interactive website typifies our unwavering commitment to our sacrosanct duty to protect, promote and uphold our constitution which is the supreme law of the land.
“Indeed, by launching this interactive website, which affords the citizenry an opportunity to both receive information and give their input into Parliamentary processes in real time, Parliament of Zimbabwe take a distinctive place in the annals of history for harnessing information communication technology to fulfill the obligations imposed on it by the Constitution in order to advance constitutional democracy and Parliamentary diplomacy,” he said.
Mudenda added that the decision to revamp the Parliament website was mooted in 2013, with the aim of making it more interactive in line with international best practices, taking into account the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) guidelines on website design.
In his 2016 midterm fiscal policy review statement, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa urged government institutions and departments to timely update their websites in line with the government’s E-Government program adding that outdated government websites are in sharp contrast to the promotion of transparency and ease of access to information in the country.
“In this age of Information and Communication Technologies, well managed public institutions’ websites provide vital information, and hence are tools of enhancing transparency over government processes and operations.
“Unfortunately, most websites are currently outdated and lack timely updating, that way compromising and depriving the public access to information.
“Government, through the Office of the President and Cabinet, will require all line ministries and departments to efficiently manage their websites in line with current modern trends, as part of the ongoing e-Government program,” he said.
According to the Auditor General, most government departments are still operating on manual systems, while a few have partially migrated to use technology.
These manual systems have resulted in many government officials taking advantage of them to enrich themselves using public funds on numerous occasions.
Meanwhile, the Speaker announced that Parliament is going to buytablets for every Member of Parliament to enable them better prepare for Parliament sessions and to readily have related information.