MDC-T MP, Mutseyami disrupts Mines Bill hearing
THE MDC-T Member of Parliament for Musikavanhu (Chipinge) Mr Prosper Mutseyami disrupted a Mines and Mineral Amendment Bill public hearing at the civic centre in Masvingo over a political comment made by one of the stakeholders yesterday.
Much to the chagrin of participants, Mr Mutseyami, who was sitting in the front with other members of the Portfolio Committee on Mines, sprung from his seat and tried to influence his fellow MDC-T MPs to walk out, thereby disrupting the proceedings led by Masvingo urban MP Dr Daniel Shumba.
Dr Shumba had already reprimanded the man who had out of ignorance made a political remark when contributing to the Bill and even corrected him saying the forum was not meant for political views and the man withdrew the remark.
However, Mr Mutseyami defied logic and went on to urge his party’s members to walk out of the meeting.
“Let us move out in protest, this is not a political forum. We do not want Zanu-PF things here as we are not expected to chant MDC-T slogans,” said Mr Mutseyami.
His actions prompted Dr Shumba to briefly handover the chairmanship to Zvishavane -Ngezi MP Mr John Holder who tried to engage the MDC-T MPs.
In an interview after the meeting, Mr Holder said Mr Mutseyami’s actions were deplorable, especially considering that the chairman had already reprimanded the participant.
“That was unbecoming of an honourable MP. We are here as one and not as parties. We represent the Parliament of Zimbabwe when we attend these hearings.
“Honourable Mutseyami’s actions should be dismissed with the contempt they deserve. His conduct is deplorable before the people we represent,” said Mr Holder.
Mr Mutseyami, however, defended his actions saying: “Zanu-PF people always want to disregard other parties. The guy was not supposed to say that at a public hearing where our members were also present. His comments were in bad taste and I had to remonstrate with him”.
But Dr Shumba said the issue was blown out of proportion by the MDC-T legislator.
“I reprimanded the participant for talking politics and I thought my colleagues that include MP Mutseyami would commend me for that. I did not know that he had other thoughts.
“There was no logic in disrupting the proceedings of a very important meeting like this,” said Dr Shumba.
The Portfolio Committee on Mining is moving around the country soliciting input from the public into the Mines and Mineral Amendment Bill. @ walterbmswazie2.