Row over claims 70pc of MPs HIV-positive

HARARE - There was a showdown in the National Assembly on Wednesday over claims by outspoken Matabeleland South proportional representation MP, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, that 70 percent of sitting legislators were HIV positive.

Harare South Zanu PF legislator Shadreck Mashayamombe demanded that Misihairabwi-Mushonga withdraw her statement.

But she rose on a point of order and said: “Hon. Speaker, there is somebody who is insulting me, Mashayamombe from there.”

“Do not be a coward.  What kind of a man are you? You are sick,” Misihairabwi-Mushonga fumed.

Speaker Jacob Mudenda then said: “What is the insult, I did not hear it.”

Mashayamombe said: “The Hon. Member is the one who said that 70 percent of the MPs are HIV positive, hence she is the one who agreed that she has (HIV)/Aids.”

“Order, order!” bellowed Mudenda.

After some badgering from Mashayamombe, Misihairabwi-Mushonga said: “No, no, no Mr Speaker.  I will not be intimidated in this House.  I refuse to be intimidated.”

Misihairabwi-Mushonga then approached the Speaker’s chair and Mashayamombe was ejected from the National Assembly.

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g40 - 6 October 2017

Taura hako g40 hahahaha. Tsvo kutaura kuti isu kuno chaunga tafa nenzara. Hatina kana hope yekuti ramangwana rinofuma rakadii

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Bursa - 7 October 2017

That's the calibre of MP that we have.Why would they fight over HIV status which Misihairabwi didn't test?Isn't status is known by the person themself, so why worry if one is not positive?

Tahir Iqbal - 7 October 2017

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