Boost to Parliament with UNDP-EU Support of $ 4.8 million Programme

Nov 20, 2014

Speaker of National Assembly, Hon. Advocate Jacob Mudenda (centre) and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Bishow Parajuli (right) shake hands after signing the Parliamentary Support Programme Documents at the Parliament Building, while the Secretary of Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Mr W. Manungo, looks on.

Harare : A US $ 4.8 million Three Year Rolling Multi Donor Support Programme for the Parliament and Office of the Auditor General of Zimbabwe has been launched. Supported by the UNDP and European Union (EU), the 2014-2017 programme will focus on Parliamentary oversight on the Executive, legislative and representation roles that promote public participation, accountability and gender equity. This is a successor programme that builds on the Two Year Multi-Donor Rolling project that ended recently.

The programme was officially unveiled at a signing ceremony held on 17 November, 2014 at the Parliament Buildings in Harare. An agreement to this effect was signed by the Speaker of the National Parliament Mr Jacob Francis Mudenda, Secretary of Ministry of Finance and Economic Development Mr W.L. Manungo and the UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative Mr Bishow Parajuli.

In addition to strengthening the oversight function of Parliament, the programme is expected to facilitate mechanisms for enacting new laws and aligning them with the Constitution.

Expressing gratitude to UNDP for its strong partnership with Parliament over the years, Speaker of the National Parliament Mr Jacob Francis Mudenda said the new programme will promote people’s participation in legislative formulation and decision-making. “Through this programme, Parliament’s performance of its core functions will be strengthened through capacitating Parliament’s leadership and staff and gender mainstreaming and help Parliament to support creating wealth for the country”.

Echoing similar sentiments, Secretary of Ministry of Finance and Economic Development Mr W.L. Manungo added that this programme will also “strengthen the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor-General overcome its capacity challenges, so as to execute its mandate of carrying out timely quality audits and making recommendations that help in the proper utilisation and safeguarding of state resources in an efficient and effective manner.”

Reiterating UNDP’s continued commitment to support Zimbabwe in developing strong governance institutions, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Mr Bishow Parajuli said that the programme will go a long way in enhancing the Parliament’s role in Zimbabwe’s democracy.

“We are pleased to be associated with this programme which promotes good democratic governance through the development of robust oversight mechanisms that are the hallmark of a strong and effective Parliament,” said Mr Parajuli.

The new Parliamentary Support Programme is based on priorities identified in the draft Parliament of Zimbabwe Institutional Strategic Plan 2014-2018.

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