Hold executive, legislature accountable, media urged

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda says the media has a sacrosanct obligation to hold public institutions including the executive and the legislature to account on how public expenditure is conducted.

Addressing editors of different media houses at a workshop on parliamentary reporting in Gweru yesterday (Saturday), Advocate Mudenda challenged the media to report in a patriotic manner while holding the executive and legislature to account on the use of public finances.

While also giving a presentation at the dialogue seminar, Terrence Mapurisana outlined challenges which the media faces while reporting on parliamentary issues.

The workshop was held under the theme: ‘Enhancing Understanding of the Mandate and Functions of Parliament and Public Accounts.’

Editors from both the public and private media attended the function where different resource persons ranging from officers from the Auditor General’s office, the legal fraternity and parliament also shared their experiences. – ZBC