NEWSFLASH:Mugabe opens parly, as MDC-T boycotts


President Robert Mugabe says his administration will complete the job of aligning laws to the new constitution and take steps to improve food production to avert hunger.

Officially opening Zimbabwe’s first session of the eighth Parliament Tuesday morning, Mugabe said the country was prepared to engage hostile Western countries.

Legislators from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai boycotted the event. Only Priscilla Misihairabwi Mushonga, an official from the Welshman Ncube-led MDC party attended the event.

Mugabe said efforts to dualise national highways would intensify during the tenure of the Eighth Parliament.

Zimbabwe’s major roads are in a state of disrepair, with the dualisation of the critical trade roads, still to be completed, more than a decade after the work began.

Mugabe said Parliament would come up with laws on how House of Assembly members could handle the Constituency Development Funds (CDF).

CDF is money that is given to MPs to undertake projects in their constituencies and the last parliament was blamed for abusing the funds.

He said the indigenisation programme would be pursued with ‘renewed’ vigour while performance based contracts would be introduced for heads of parastatals and local authorities.