MP's Code Of Conduct,Ethics To Be Reformed

MP's Code Of Conduct,Ethics To Be Reformed
Published: 2016 May 27 01:38:42 (876 Views)


Members of Parliament will soon be regulated by a code of conduct and ethics currently being drafted by the legislature to uphold good corporate governance tenets.

This was among a raft of recommendations first made in 1999 by a parliamentary reform committee, some of which have been adopted and are being implemented.

The preamble of the draft code of conduct and ethics gleaned by a local publication says the code “establishes standards of correct behaviour which the Members of Parliament are themselves proposing to observe as elected representatives serving their country in its highest democratic institution”.

The code shall apply to all MPs, including those serving as ministers notwithstanding the fact that Cabinet ministers are also regulated by a separate set of rules.

Section 4 (1) of the draft code states that: “It is the personal responsibility of every Member of Parliament to maintain those standards of conduct which the House and the electorate are entitled to expect, to protect the good name of Parliament and to advance the public interest.

“Members should observe those general principles which apply to all people in public life.”

In line with the seven principles, MPs shall be expected to take decisions solely in terms of public interest and not to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their families or their friends.

MPs are also not expected to place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might influence them in the performance of their official duties.

“In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, Members of Parliament should make choices on merit.”

In this regard, members should “be accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office;

“Be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take and accordingly give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wide public interest clearly demands;

“Have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest;

“And promote and support these principles by leadership and example bearing in mind that their primary duty as Members is to their country and their constituents,” reads the draft code.

MPs will also not be expected to undertake actions in Parliament that are in conflict with their duties as each MP has a particular personal responsibility to comply fully with all resolutions and conventions of the House relating to matters of conduct and, when in doubt, to seek advice.

Major political parties represented in Parliament, Zanu-PF and MDC-T, welcomed the development saying it was long overdue.

“Any organisation that operates needs a code of conduct to regulate the behaviour of its members. So this code of conduct and ethics will assist MPs to know the parameters as well as discipline expected of them,” said Zanu-PF chief whip, Lovemore Matuke.

“This will help Parliament to produce its desired objectives because it means that MPs who are conflicted cannot sit in committee meetings where they have vested interests. It is important that we have a code of conduct.”

His MDC-T counterpart, Innocent Gonese, added: “It is something that was long overdue but it is better late than never.

“This will promote transparency as MPs will declare their interests which is a development that is in accordance with good governance.”

- Herald
Tags: MP, parliament, law, acts, ,
 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

| Comment With Facebook Submit

There are no comments.

Big Reads

Pictures show fuel tankers offloading fuel in the bush

by Moses Zhou | 2019 August 13 07:53:37

Schoolgirl drops out after continuous 'sexual abuse' by teacher

by Staff Reporter | 2019 August 13 07:42:33

Bulawayo prostitutes dollarise

by Staff Reporter | 2018 December 01 00:43:29

DRAMA as mourners fight over deceased loan sharks' loot

by B-Metro | 2018 November 30 23:35:19

'Tsvangirai's ex' on police wanted list

by B-Metro | 2018 October 19 12:39:23

Dumped man glasses wife's face with broken beer bottle

by Staff Writer | 2018 October 19 12:32:05

Zimbabwe prostitutes hike prices

by Zimbabwe prostitutes hike prices | 2018 October 18 17:13:08

Pastor shocks female congregant with new panties

by Metro Writer | 2017 March 28 10:50:44

Harare man steals 10kg mealie meal from neighbour

by Court Reporter | 2017 March 28 07:56:29

Four company directors die in Vumba Mountain plane crash

by Staff Writer | 2017 March 28 07:38:59

Man with 'deformed' body bashes parents

by Staff Writer | 2017 March 24 09:48:46

Mugabe Knows Nothing About The Zimbabwe Constitution: MP

by Staff Reporter | 2016 October 01 08:12:02

Troubled Harare Giants Dynamos Falls Into Another Deep Crisis

by Own Correspondent | 2016 October 01 07:49:17

Shock As Local Bank Denies 'Rich' Mugabe's Son Heifty Credit

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 30 19:14:54

Mugabe "Home Coming" And "Thank You" Rally On Cards

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 23 06:48:24

Prof Moyo Was Dumped By Western Embassies, Claims Mutsvangwa

by Staff Reporter | 2016 September 22 10:08:07

Prof Jonathan Moyo In Fresh Beef With War Vets

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 22 07:48:10

You Are Too Old To Lead, Aging Zim President Mugabe Told

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 22 07:19:25

Younger Lover Beats Up Sugar Mama For Cheating

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 20 03:21:43

Anti-Corruption Commission Loses Property In Failed Probe

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 20 03:18:19

Mutsvangwa's Son Caught Up In Rape Case

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 20 01:24:00

REMAINING PSL FIXTURES: ONLY 7 WEEKS LEFT

by Sports Correspondent | 2016 September 20 01:21:33

Victims Involved In Horror Crash Named

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 20 01:16:09

Man Kills Uncle For Taking Him To Prophet

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 20 01:11:08

Mphoko Threatens Zimra Over Irregular Taxes

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 20 01:07:44

China Pours $46m On New Parliament Construction

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 20 01:05:11

SHOCKING:14 Year Old HIV-Positive Boy Rapes 7 Pupils

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 20 00:04:55

Tajamuka Slams Zimpapers, Fumes Over

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 19 11:56:42

Mthwakazi Activists Torment Mujuru

by News Editor | 2016 September 19 10:52:58

We Did Not Fire Live Bullets: Police

by Staff Reporter | 2016 September 19 08:09:20

Ruling On 58 Protesters Expected Today 



by Court Reporter | 2016 September 19 08:10:40

6 Zanu PF Youths Nabbed For Assaulting Cops

by Court Reporter | 2016 September 19 08:11:50

Mutare Con-artist Cracks Zanu PF

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 19 08:13:32

MSU Student Caught Peddling Drugs Tor Tuition Fees

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 19 05:29:18

ZIMRA Dishes Out Rewards To Faithful Tax Payers

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 19 05:24:19

Headmaster ‘Steals’ $17 000 From School's Fees

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 19 05:21:24

Mujuru Party Fails To Pay $15 000 For Printed T-shirts

by Own Correspondent | 2016 September 19 05:14:37