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
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”.