MDC legislators get stick for behaviour

HARARE - Government has lashed out at the behaviour of MDC Alliance MPs after the legislators hackled Chief Justice Luke Malaba and Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) chairperson Priscilla Chigumba in Parliament on Tuesday.

Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi who is leader of government business in the august House promised to put in place necessary instruments to deal with the “uncouth” behaviour.

Malaba was first embarrassed when he entered the National Assembly chambers as the MDC Alliance MPs started to shout “mbavha, mbavha (thief, thief),’’ ‘‘ hatidi Malaba muno imbavha (we don’t want Malaba here he is a thief)’’.

It did not end there as he had another torrid time as opposition legislators tried to stop him from swearing-in Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda and his deputy Tsitsi Gezi.

However, despite the disruptions Malaba managed to go ahead with the swearing-in amid heavy resistance from the opposition.

It was even worse for Chigumba who in the eyes of the opposition was at the centre of the alleged rigging.

As she entered the National Assembly, MDC Alliance legislators started shouting “mbavha yemaelections, mbavha yemaelections (elections thief)”. Interestingly Zanu PF legislators did not come to her rescue choosing to remain silent.

As the MDC Alliance denounced her, Chigumba remained stone faced as she took her seat.

Ziyambi said they are going to see what they can do to stop opposition legislators from behaving in such a way.

“As Parliament we are going to sit down as the privileges committee to look at the MDC MPs’ behaviour, we want to see what can we do because this is uncalled for.

“What was done by the opposition is very unfortunate; we started the proceedings well and we voted very well. The Chief Justice was there by virtue of being the Chief Justice and Parliament is a child of the Constitution.

“If you look at the Constitutional Court judgment it came out without any dissenting opinion....

“To behave in such a manner is disgraceful. It doesn’t paint a good picture even to the international community.”

Ziyambi said it is shameful that in future the opposition parties want the courts to respect them while they are denigrating the judges.

“Tomorrow they want to go and appear before the same courts they are denigrating.

“Even their leader Nelson Chamisa is an officer of the court and it’s unfortunate that he allows that behaviour to come from his MPs.

“We need to oppose each other respectfully.

“We have differences but let us argue in a good manner.”

However, MDC Alliance chief whip Prosper Mutseyami hailed his MPs for their behaviour.

“I want to thank the MPs who showed their disgruntlement with the Chief Justice.

“Going forward we are going to work harder but for all those who we are not happy with, we are going to show our unhappiness,” Mutseyami said just after Mudenda’s swearing-in..

Comments (9)

well done MDC ALLIANCE MPs ,you were spot on ! Pachishona tinoti chokwadi hachiputse hukama.NGAVA CHINJE MAITIRO !

cde. justice - 13 September 2018

Chigumba and Malaba they are just as useless as stools. Chigumba I totally disappointed with her. She forgets that her children from different man will not be part of the system in ten years time. Instead to do what is right she choses to dine with the devil. Now what is she doing about Zimbabweans in the diaspora. All parties should now wake up from their sleep. They should now push for diaspora vote now, and these guys vana Chiguba should now work ethical. And for the people in diaspora lets not engage these evil monsters until they give you your right to chose your leader of your choice. Now Sibusiso Moyo wants you to bring your hard earned money and skills back but denying you your right to vote. A wild animal is far much better than a zanu pf govt. Cause when animals differ they fight I expect that but for humans to use guns against un armed civilians its worse than lucifer

Jonono - 13 September 2018

Chigumba and Malaba should also shoulder responsibility for the direction this country will take. Ma judge anonyadzisa, we are talking of corruption everyday in this country, see who starts with it, its the Judge.

Baba Mary - 14 September 2018

The MDC MPs did very well, those are results of receiving millions and good cars to rig the peoples vote, hainakidze mari ye corruption, unoidya nemuseredzera. Hezvo Chigumba kusaloon kunodya mari iye hakuchaendeki.

ZVINOERA - 14 September 2018

I thought Malaba was a Christian kkkk

Handson - 14 September 2018

Pretty African Princess Priscilla Chigumba...

ABC - 14 September 2018

I thought mdca has people who went to school and up to highier level of learning, but what I saw from them in Parliament clearly shows the opposite and I saw satanists in the house. Surely a normal person cannot behave in such a manner and especially being a leader sent by the people to represent them. This has been their culture for years since 2002 they ate taking that August house to be their place of exercising their satanism rituals. Very sad. What them very irrelevant in this country is the fact that they only regard those who practice their satanism as good people and once you differ with them they even pray for your death. These people think we dont know the truth about their so called opposition party and what it stands for. Imagine they started demonizing these judges before even filing their so called petition labeling them as ZANU PF loyalists. But we know all this was being done to justify their claims because they knew from the word go that they had no case against ZEC and ED. Ask even the least educated person about this court proceedings and its ruling he can tell you that the mdca was just looking for something to say afterwards as they knew they were fairly beaten. The behavior of thabani mfopu on their so called You Tube media briefing could easily tell you that something was being stage managed. I have never seen people who think so backwardly like those in mdca. They think evryone must think the same way they do and if you differ you are an enemy. Manje God is not and shall not allow such satanism behavior to rule this country. Like it or not thats the truth and the truth shall stand over evil.

shunguhadziurayi - 14 September 2018

I thought mdca has people who went to school and up to highier level of learning, but what I saw from them in Parliament clearly shows the opposite and I saw satanists in the house. Surely a normal person cannot behave in such a manner and especially being a leader sent by the people to represent them. This has been their culture for years since 2002 they ate taking that August house to be their place of exercising their satanism rituals. Very sad. What makes them very irrelevant in this country is the fact that they only regard those who practice their satanism as good people and once you differ with them they even pray for your death. These people think we dont know the truth about their so called opposition party and what it stands for. Imagine they started demonizing these judges before even filing their so called petition labeling them as ZANU PF loyalists. But we know all this was being done to justify their claims because they knew from the word go that they had no case against ZEC and ED. Ask even the least educated person about this court proceedings and its ruling he can tell you that the mdca was just looking for something to say afterwards as they knew they were fairly beaten. The behavior of thabani mfopu on their so called You Tube media briefing could easily tell you that something was being stage managed. I have never seen people who think so backwardly like those in mdca. They think evryone must think the same way they do and if you differ you are an enemy. Manje God is not and shall not allow such satanism behavior to rule this country. Like it or not thats the truth and the truth shall stand over evil.

shunguhadziurayi - 14 September 2018

The MDCA has shown the character in the zanupf no wonder why the zanupf mps remain silent when the mdca were making noise. ZANU pf ndeye ropa. The truth of the matter is that zanupf lost on the presidental candidate but Chigumba and Malaba had stolen the election on behalf of ED. But ED really knows the truth. I perceive ED is there for a few things he need to sort out before the really president comes in. He preparing the way for the one with the golden key. ED needs to clean the yard for the owner of the house. People must thank him for that, he must do it.

Amalinze - 14 September 2018

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