MDC to boycott Parly opening

HARARE – Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC is snubbing President Robert Mugabe’s State official opening of Parliament Tuesday, as the opposition party pushes for fresh elections.

On the one hand the MDC maintains the elections were rigged and has refused to accept Mugabe’s victory, while on the other hand Zanu PF is unfazed, threatening to go it alone should the MDC maintain its boycott stance.

MDC spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora yesterday told the Daily News there was nothing to gain from attending Mugabe’s opening of Parliament.

“Our MPs are not going to Parliament and that is final.

“We are bound by the decisions of the national council,” said Mwonzora.

Asked whether the MDC is not just grandstanding in order to gain political mileage, Mwonzora said there is nothing to gain in attending the official opening by an “illegitimate president”.

“There is nothing to gain in attending Parliament, nothing special will come from the opening except the same old things, therefore we cannot bless fraud because that is exactly how Mugabe became president.”

Mugabe’s party has a two thirds majority and recently elected Jacob Mudenda speaker of Parliament after the MDC boycotted the election.

Rugare Gumbo, the Zanu PF spokesperson, said people were elected to Parliament to debate national issues and not to boycott them.

“It will make no difference whether they attend or not,” said Gumbo. “Those MPs who were elected will come and debate national issues and also witness the president officially opening Parliament. The MPs were elected to debate national issues and not to boycott.”

Mugabe told reporters last week after the swearing-in ceremony of Cabinet ministers that he did not include any MDC officials in his cabinet because Tsvangirai’s party did not accept the results of the hotly contested July 31 elections.

Initially the MDC considered not participating altogether in the Eighth Parliament, but has shifted stance opting rather to defend the small remaining space it has in the legislature.

The ex-majority party, which has 91 seats in a bloated Parliament with 356 MPs, is however, going to participate in parliamentary business.

The controversial opening of Parliament today is not a first of its kind.

In 2000, MDC legislators again shunned a traditional state reception hosted by Mugabe for MPs in protest of what it alleged was state-sponsored violence targeting its supporters.

In 2008, MDC parliamentarians jeered and booed Mugabe as he opened Parliament again over allegations of electoral violence and fraud.

Mwonzora said the boycott is meant to send a message to Mugabe that he is not the legitimate president.

The MDC led by Welshman Ncube, which has two seats courtesy of the proportional representation system, says it is going to attend the official opening.

Comments (12)

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Vada - 17 September 2013

Mwonzora like Biti and Tsvangirayi you need to cool down and reflect. You are now becoming an embarrassment.You boycott parliament opening but will attend parliamentary business which will be in accordance to the same President parameters. Honestly if Zanu gangs up on you with their numbers in parliament you will be completely swallowed. If elections were rigged then you should boycott parliament altogether. Mwonzora you risk losing relevance by going Biti route. You think you are the first and last borns of intelligence in Zimbabwe and anything that doesn't involve you or Biti is not legitimate or reasonable. Was Nikuv responsible for poor turnout at Sakubva.Was he responsible for you losing Mayoral seats in councils you dominate. The three by elections where you were hammered by Zanu pf was it Nikuv again. Is it Nikuv who is causing you to approach wrong courts and lose court battle after court battle. The problem is you are too much into anger mode and have opened up yourselves to school boy mistakes and DENIAL.

daisylo - 17 September 2013

daisylo you are dassling monkey

dashoooooooo - 17 September 2013

Balanced analysis from you daisylo. They are like a Chikadadoo bird that favours maggots dearly but teases the fieces that produce them. They should boycott alloances, cars and many more benefits

crocodile squad - 17 September 2013

@dashoooooooo . google pictures of some of your leaders then you woll c what a monkey looks like

daisylo - 17 September 2013

So what if the motley horde of misguided MDC-T brow-beaten Members of Parliament boycotted the opening of the 8th Parliament by the all conquering His Excellency, the President and Commander in Chief of the Defense Forces Republic of Zimbabwe, Robert Gabriel Mugabe? In any case the few of them with an iota of intelligence would have benefitted from hearing the President's speech outlining the Parliament's agenda/program/direction. Whether they like it or not they will read His Excellency's speech. Perhaps some of these desperate MDC-T mistakenly expect to be guided by their fallen leader, Morgan Richard Tsvangirai's rally speeches. How sad.

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 17 September 2013

So what if the motley horde of misguided MDC-T brow-beaten Members of Parliament boycotted the opening of the 8th Parliament by the all conquering His Excellency, the President and Commander in Chief of the Defense Forces Republic of Zimbabwe, Robert Gabriel Mugabe? In any case the few of them with an iota of intelligence would have benefitted from hearing the President's speech outlining the Parliament's agenda/program/direction. Whether they like it or not they will read His Excellency's speech. Perhaps some of these desperate MDC-T mistakenly expect to be guided by their fallen leader, Morgan Richard Tsvangirai's rally speeches. How sad.

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 17 September 2013

GOOD ADVICE: Do something for yourself, for your beloved family. Don't waste your time talking politics while others are enjoying their lives with money without talking politics. See how this Zimbabwean poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling accident cars. Very interesting. Go to (USED.CO) not dot com, to see the methods and companies she was using to do that (USED.CO) not dot com, it is a very simple idea but a very powerful One, Wake up Africans

Vada - 17 September 2013

I believe MDC and all the opposition parties need to understand the environment they are operating in. Boycott, like all the other ways one can use to show his dissatisfaction to is ok, but I feel they is lack of consistence in this fight. How did these parties lose the by elections. when they were supposed to rise and show their presence after the fraud - they claim happened. Understand that this is a consistence democratic fight for justice for the people of zimbabwe against corruption and trampling of their rights. Don't be consumed by anger it blares your vision.

papaya - 17 September 2013

Takavati chitongai vakafunga kuti even mamayoral post taimada. Takuvapa vakuti aiwa chioko muhomwe chaitwa. Tirikudzokorora zvakare TONGAI TIONE MAKANYARARA isu TAKANYARARA tinoona anozvamba

taurai Jukwa - 17 September 2013

Boycot the opening of parliament, but participating in debates??????, I confused.

zidzoro - 17 September 2013

Even when MDC-T had a majority in the last Parliament they never changed a single thing so their boycott is meaningless and will not change anything the morons.

Musona - 17 September 2013

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