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President to deliver SONA, record agenda

The Herald

Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter
PRESIDENT Mnangagwa is expected today to release his first state of the national address (SONA) and officially open the first session of the ninth parliament in which he will determine the legislative agenda.

The President will address a joint meeting of the National Assembly and the Senate this morning.

Preparations for the event were in force yesterday, while a number of roads around the Parliament building will be closed during the motorists' procedure.

Speaker of the National Assembly Lawyer Jacob Mudenda said that everything was in order for the event of today.

"Everything is in place and we look forward to the event," he said.

The legislative agenda is expected to be dominated by laws that increase the country's attractiveness for investors and streamline investment laws to facilitate business.

The ninth Parliament is expected to seize Chapter 14 of the Constitution to streamline the structure of provincial and metropolitan councils as part of the deconcentration advocated by President Mnangagwa and his government.

President Mnangagwa has already indicated that the government intends to consolidate the economic reforms that have begun with the introduction of the new dispensation.

During his inaugural address, he repeated that the focus of his government was on the economy. Parliamentarians also embraced the President's policy direction and committed themselves to speeding up the adoption of laws in the lofty house.

The parliament is dominated by zanu-pf, which retained its two-thirds majority in the just, harmonized elections.

Before addressing the lawmakers, the president is expected to inspect an honor guard set up by members of the National Army of Zimbabwe, while according to tradition a flight will be conducted by the Zimbabwean Air Force.

After the President's speech, the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing will host the traditional lunch for lawmakers.

Roads closed today are Nelson Mandela Avenue at Sam Nujoma to Simon Muzenda streets, Third Street at Jason Moyo Avenue, George Silundika Avenue at Third Street, St Mary's Lane and Nelson Mandela Avenue, Kwame Nkrumah of Sam Nujoma to Simon Muzenda streets and Samora Machel Avenue and and Sam Nujoma Street.

The roads are closed from 6 am to 3 pm.

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