MDC heckles Mugabe in Parliament

HARARE - Members of Parliament (MPs) from the main opposition party heckled and jeered President Robert Mugabe yesterday as he presented his State-of-the-Nation Address amid worsening economic hardships.

Such scenes are unprecedented in Zimbabwe, which Mugabe has governed since 1980.

MDC MPs continuously heckled and interjected as Mugabe presented his controversial and overly optimistic views on the country’s economic outlook.

With Mugabe giving an uninspiring snap address which did little to address the myriad challenges afflicting the generality of Zimbabweans, opposition legislators heckled the 91-year-old leader, reminding him of a string of empty promises he has made before.

The legislators were particularly irked by Mugabe’s insistence that the country’s overall economic performance “indicates modest growth” and that his government prioritised employment creation.

“Government will ensure that cotton, which is largely grown by small-holder farmers, can once more provide a livelihood for over 300 000 households, and jobs for many in the textile industry,” Mugabe said amid opposition jeers punctuated by wild cheers from the ruling Zanu PF legislators.

MDC MPs for Binga and Mkoba, Prince Sibanda and Amos Chibaya led the opposition lawmakers in jeering Mugabe, while their Zanu PF counterparts countered, clapping hands for the nonagenarian whenever he paused.

Mugabe’s speech was occasionally drowned out by tough questions from the opposition bench.

“What about corruption? Where is Dzamara? Where are the 2,2 million jobs?”

Mugabe looked annoyed and raced through the final lines of his speech.

This was humiliating for Mugabe, as the speech was broadcast live on national television.

The real drama came as soon as Mugabe indicated that he was about to conclude his address which uncharacteristically lasted just a paltry 30 minutes compared to his usual marathon speeches that normally last over an hour.

Mugabe had to pause for a while after wild interjections from the MDC MPs. Despite their inferiority in parliamentary numbers, the MDC MPs managed to outdo their Zanu PF counterparts in praise singing their leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

“Save, Save, Save, Save,” shouted the MDC MPs in reference to Tsvangirai’s totem while the Zanu PF MPs countered, exalting Mugabe  by also calling out his Gushungo totem.

Mugabe, however, prodded ahead with his concluding remarks as the jeers drowned his address, with MPs from across the political divide breaking into song, praising their respective leaders.

Academic and publisher Ibbo Mandaza said Mugabe’s heckling shows that people no longer had respect for the nonagenarian.

“It was an embarrassing sight to have the president being heckled like that,” he told the Daily News.

“It reflects how people no longer have confidence in Mugabe and the state and it does not often happen anywhere else in the world.”

After Mugabe’s departure, Kuwadzana West MP Nelson Chamisa raised a point of order, pointing out that Mugabe needed to allow parliamentarians to ask him questions after the State-of-the-Nation Address in line with the provisions of the Constitution.

Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda promised to arrange for the question and answer session.

“The honourable member is right because in terms of Section 140 of the Constitution, it  is contextually correct and also in terms of section 168 of the standing orders of Parliament, so accordingly the Speaker takes note of that and will see if we can arrange for president Mugabe to respond to questions in relation to his address,” Mudenda said.

Comments (19)

And you think he will come for that q n a session,keep dreaming!

onward shirichena{plz use,The Watchman} - 26 August 2015

It is not good to heckle the President. People should learn to respect the Head of State, he is our father and you cannot do that to your own father. These honourable members are not honourable at all. You treat your father with honour in order to be respectable.

Takaedza Takaedza - 27 August 2015

Takaedza, he is a great grandfather, isnt that more respectful of a 91yr old chap.

EL-DODO - 27 August 2015

Mugabe is the president of Zimbabwe and not anybody"s father except for his 3 kids.He has to behave and act in a presidential manner. The state of of the nation address must address important national issues its not a platform for politicking or boot licking.RESPECT IS EARNED NOT GIVEN.

mahlahla - 27 August 2015

takaedza.bhurati shit wazvinzwa ndimi munodzosera nyika kumashure .cremora gushungo got what he deserve,he promised us two million jobs instead now his tagert yes is firing two million not employing them .mwana kana ari mucheche anogara pamakumbo asi kana akura kufanana natakaedza anogara pa mwoyo wandirwadzisa mwana wangu takaedza.mari yangu yandakakuendesa kuchikoro chokwadi ndakasungirira mugumbo rengwe.

dhindindi - 27 August 2015

takaedza.bhurati shit wazvinzwa ndimi munodzosera nyika kumashure .cremora gushungo got what he deserve,he promised us two million jobs instead now his tagert yes is firing two million not employing them .mwana kana ari mucheche anogara pamakumbo asi kana akura kufanana natakaedza anogara pa mwoyo wandirwadzisa mwana wangu takaedza.mari yangu yandakakuendesa kuchikoro chokwadi ndakasungirira mugumbo rengwe.

dhindindi - 27 August 2015

so you expect people to sit back and relax when empty statements are being read .Urinating on peoples faces trying to make them believe its raining.

muchemwa - 27 August 2015

Mugabe does not know criticism, and he does not know how to improve him self because Zanu pf are praise singers.

aminb - 27 August 2015

Iwe ndiwe mwana waMugabe , he deserve to be heckled because he doesn't have heart , vaitofanira kumurova , he is not a legitimate president he was imposed that is why he always praise soldiers , what have they done which brings food to the people , they must just stay in baracks and support the government of the day , Mugabe needs more heckling than what he got in parliament we were also shouting to him in our homes . He must resign chete . To Takaenda wake up young man and smell the coffee respect is not requested you can just get it because of what you will be doing .

Mudhara - 27 August 2015

Save has failed because he can not offer us anything except to talk about Mugabe and Zanu PF . That's being DULL . CAN'T YOU SEE THAT ? If you know where Dzamara is , why not just tell the nation .

Hayibo ! - 27 August 2015

NDAKASANGANA NEMUSOJA ACHICHERA MBEVA KUINKOMO HANZI AKOMA TAKUVARA NEDEMBARAKATA TUKOMANA SAME AGE BOYS TOKUFA TAKAPENYA

JIBHA - 27 August 2015

Varume kana nyika ikaite madununu like Takaedza we will never move forward. How would you want me to sit and listen when someone is vomiting like that? Sometimes when you don't have anything to say better close your mouth. People will never know how foolish you are until you open your mouth. Takaedza nyarara

ndiriwenyu - 28 August 2015

MHATA yamai vako Takaidza

Zimuto - 28 August 2015

Takaedza is sick in mind therefore he is not cable of knowing what is good and bad he can say dudzvi remhunu is beef stew bcoz yena penga baba on top of that he is drinking sewage water created by his president Matibili Mugabe and that has made his sickness worse .

Diibulaanyika - 28 August 2015

mapenzi emuzimbabwe, nyika ikatongwa nevatoirwa ndizvozvinoitika wanoita zvese zvese vabvakurere vanoita zvemari chete kkkk. protect the victim.jail all the land barons ko kunyatsime housing project kuchitungwiza mosvika rini. grece anopinda nemakwara newabvakure vemuzimbambwe so long ndarama kambili kambili ...zikomo kambili ... mamakafa focus nekudama mari kudarika zimbabwe dai musikakari mari dai tisina kusvitsa zim kumavere kwese uku nemari hapana chinoramba kusvika all ethics are in place, all values are in place dai pasina mari mari morgan angadai ari panyanga zvinhu zvichifaya kkk rambai mari pasina kufanira zvose zvinonaka kana mwari anopindira otungamirira zimbabwe.

dofo - 28 August 2015

Lol, all you people amaze me , you going out gunz blazing @ Takaedza, have u heard of the word sarcasm? Read his comment again and you will see what I'm talking about , Hahahaha

Mumwewo munhu - 29 August 2015

Thank u dhindindi & mudhara for telling dununu rinonzi takaedza the truth. We want jobs and food on the table kwete mere promises dzisina basa. Who agrees kuti "economy has recorded modest growth"? Simuka ndikuone bastard

Dr Tich - 29 August 2015

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