ICT Parliamentary portfolio committee chairperson Chalton Hwende

Potraz charm MPs

Parliamentarians have hailed the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory of Zimbabwe (Potraz) for transparency and opening its doors for interactions in its quest to promote ICTs development.

Moses Matenga

Information Communication Technology Parliamentary portfolio committee chairperson and Kuwadzana MP Charlton Hwende said they were having a good working relationship with the Ministry and the authority as they move to promote ICT development.

He was speaking their engagement with Potraz in Kadoma over the weekend.

“For the committee, it is welcome development. We are a new committee, 70 percent of members are new and ICT is a technical field so we appreciate that.

“That is a very welcome development and we are looking forward to meeting various stakeholders, all the parastataals under the ministry,” Hwende said.

He said his committee was impressed by Potraz's financial reports, indicating the authority was an example of good corporate governance. 

Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Minister Kazembe Kazembe said such engagements were key to arrest all misconceptions among stakeholders.

“It is important because what normally happens is some of the questions and misconceptions are through lack of knowledge so it is important for the committee to be on the same page with the ministry so they play their oversight role effectively,” Kazembe said.

Potraz Director General Dr Gift Machengete told members of the committee that the authority was transparent in its operations hence its doors will remain open to the legislators.

Potraz met with parliamentarians in Kadoma for a two day indaba that ended Sunday with a visit to Chinhoyi for a tour of the community information centre. 

Before a visit to Chinhoyi community information centre to have an appreciation of the operations, the committee took time to address thousands of people who thronged Rumwe centre for a consumer awareness programme.

The awareness programmes are meant to educate consumers on their rights among other issues.

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