ZPSP - Support to the Parliament

In the Context of the ZPSP

The engagement of ZPSP with the parliament enables MPs to better perform their oversight role through capacity building, while advocating for wider civil society and community interaction with them. MPs are a major conduit to work in SST, for instance thorugh the portfolio committees. ZPSP also explores opportunities created by the new Constitution of Zimbabwe to link SST with democratisation.

Definition - Parliamentary Oversight

Parliament, in carrying its mission of representing people’s interests and concerns, is entrusted with reviewing and monitoring the executive, also in relation to security policies. The two branches share the responsibility for keeping a well-functioning security sector. The Legislature exercises parliamentary oversight by passing laws that define and regulate the security services and their powers, and by adopting and monitoring the use of the corresponding budgetary appropriations. Such control may also include establishing a parliamentary ombudsman or a commission that may launch investigations into complaints by the public.

Selected resources 

Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector, DCAF, 2003