MDC-T MP, Mut­seyami dis­rupts Mines Bill hear­ing

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Mswazie Masvingo Cor­re­spon­dent

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.

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