Parly debates Mugabe's speech

HARARE - Parliament resumes sitting today to debate a speech by President Robert Mugabe after he opened Zimbabwe’s Parliament last week by accidentally re-reading a speech he made just last month for a full
25 minutes.

The erroneous speech, delivered at the opening of the third session of the opening of Parliament last week, was redacted and a correct one adopted.

Parliament reconvenes today after a week-long break.

Debate is expected to focus on the 91-year-old president failing to notice his mistake as he repeated his State-of-the-Nation address in its entirety.

It is also expected to focus on death threats sent to opposition legislators ahead of the opening of Parliament.

Opposition representatives from the MDC were sent text messages during the speech, warning them not to interrupt the veteran leader, who remained completely unaware that he had spoken the same words a few weeks earlier.

The MDC has now called for Mugabe to resign, saying the blunder showed that “he is too old” to continue on as president.

Debates in both the Senate next week and the National Assembly today will focus mainly on the controversy surrounding the speech, eventually delivered by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week.

Presidential spokesperson George Charamba said there had been “a mix-up of speeches” in the secretarial office “resulting in a situation where... the president delivered the wrong speech”.

Comments (6)

just tinking aloud here....what if those who send the text messages to the opposition MPs knew that the president was going to read he wrong speech. i believe if these poor guys had not been threatened, they would have shouted to the president that he was reading the wrong script. saka the person who send those texts must also be investigated coz they may have a hand in embarassin our just saying

hey - 22 September 2015

These MPs are cowards

mukoma nhongo - 22 September 2015

May be if the opposition has shouted that Mugabe was reading a wron speech he would have corrected and then find a small excuse like I wanted to check if you guys were listening to the last SONA and proceeded with the correct one. At least he would have redeemed himself. Now the whole world knows that Zimbabwean president read a speach twice without knowing or recalling that he was reading a different speach from the one he had corrected if he does that any way. Criticism is not always bad.

aminab - 22 September 2015

who prepares Mugabe speeches because its apparently clear that he is not the one.Someone is running this nation and he just wanted the world to know that Mugabe is a mouthpiece

vilbram avril - 22 September 2015

This fall apart LOL

GREASEMONKEY - 23 September 2015

wrong speech., kikikikikik sleeping on duty, he should retire soon

bobo - 24 September 2015

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