Zanu PF MPs walk out of Parly
By Chengetai Zvauya
HARARE – Zanu PF legislators yesterday walked out of Parliament in protest
of moves by MDC members of Parliament to oust Clerk of Parliament Austin
Zvoma who stands accused of incompetency, unprofessionalism and misconduct.
But the MDC MPs continued to debate the motion which they adopted in the
absence of their Zanu PF colleagues.
MDC MPs resolved to set up a select committee of five members to investigate
Zvoma and report back to the house when Parliament sits in February.
The motion was moved by MDC MP for Hwange Central Brian Tshuma and was
seconded by Mazowe Central (MDC) MP Shepherd Mushonga on Tuesday.
Zanu PF chief whip Joram Gumbo said: “I want to give the side of our party
that we are not going to debate this motion because we believe we are going
to legalise an illegal process.
“The Clerk, Zvoma has appealed to the High Court to stop Parliament from
debating this motion so we want the court to make a ruling before we can
debate this matter.”
As the Zanu PF MPs walked out, MDC MPs celebrated. Some of them immediately
occupied seats normally occupied by Zanu PF members.
MDC chief whip Innocent Gonese justified the stance taken by his party to
continue debating and adopting the motion in the absence of their Zanu PF
counterparts saying the court had not yet made a ruling.
“It is within our rights to debate this matter because we have no court
order to stop us. There is nothing wrong with this and we just have to wait
and see what happens with the motion,” said Gonese when the House adjourned.
This is the first time that Zanu PF has walked out of Parliament. In the
past it used to be MDC MPs walking out due to inferior numbers but now the
ball game has changed as the combined MDC numbers have the majority.
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