Speaker reprimands MPs

HARARE - Jacob Mudenda, the Speaker of the National Assembly,  has threatened to eject from the house legislators who raise “frivolous” points of order that are designed to disturb the flow of debate.

Mudenda said this as he cautioned MDC lawmakers Nelson Chamisa and

Innocent Gonese during debate in the august House on Tuesday.

The duo’s reprimand came after they had interrupted Zanu PF MP Nelson Mawere’s contribution on two separate occasions when they raised point of orders Mudenda considered to be disruptive.

Chamisa, the Kuwadzana East MP, had asked Mudenda to allow Mawere to dress properly before proceeding. The Zanu PF MP was debating a motion moved by Chegutu West MP Dexter Nduna on war veterans who have not yet received a decent burial.

“Point of order, I implore you Mr Speaker Sir to allow the honourable member to pull up his trousers, it is falling,” Chamisa said amid uproarious laughter from other members.

This did not go down well with Mudenda, who immediately objected to the point of order saying it was “useless”.

“Order, honourable member, honourable members let us not abuse the opportunity availed to you through a point of order by making useless utterances,” charged Mudenda.

“We are here to debate serious issues, order honourable Chamisa; you are the one I am remonstrating with. I am going to order the next person who is going to come up with a frivolous point of order out of this house”.

However, complaints by the Speaker that some of the orders were unnecessarily interrupting the business of the august House seemed to have fallen on deaf ears.

Gonese, who is the MDC chief whip, raised another point of order which further riled Mudenda, who threatened to throw out the Manicaland lawmaker. 

“Order, please resume your seat honourable Gonese. Honourable members, I think I have warned you in relation of ‘point of orders’ in order to disturb debate. I will not allow that,” warned Mudenda.

Comments (1)

Honestly and seriously speaking; a motion moved for war veterans who have not received decent burial?? Such a motion when there other more pressing issues, like the 2 million jobs' promise that hasn't been fulfilled, or the anticipated 4 billion dollars from the Chinese. How about some concern for the millions of people that did not harvest well this past season in the provinces of Matabeleland, Manicaland, Masvingo and Midlands? And the chaos in the capital's streets, the clean and safe water shortages,the power cuts, the diseases affecting communities and the threat of the deadly Ebola virus? Is that all secondary to re-burials?

Dr Know - 12 September 2014

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