Windfall for MPigs ahead of SONA

MEMBERS of Parliament were Monday surprised with ZW$17 000 bank alerts amid reports of plans to protest over unpaid sitting allowances during the scheduled state of the nation address (SONA) by the president on Tuesday.

Regardless of the MP’s being owed backpays, the payments made are curious as they seem to have been made for a reason.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa will deliver the address on October 1, the same day he is expected to officially open the Second Session of the Ninth Parliament.

The SONA will enable Mnangagwa to give his reflection to the nation on challenges and achievements that have been registered during the year.

It will focus on political, economic and social issues and plans by government to address challenges.

Mnangagwa is also expected to update the nation on political developments both in the country and region.

This comes at a time when the country is experiencing hyperinflation alleged to be fueled by illegal forex dealers.

In a bid to curb the confusion around the forex trade, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has suspended a number of Ecocash agent accounts and also banned all cash in and cash out transactions.

Regionally Zimbabwe recently got support from the Sadc at the Summit in Tanzania which set aside October 25 as Anti-Sanction Day.