MDC the­atrics that sym­bol­ised noth­ing

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umbo jumbo can be de­scribed as “lan­guage or rit­ual caus­ing or in­tended to cause con­fu­sion or be­wil­der­ment”. It means the same thing as hot air that sym­bol­ises noth­ing re­ally.

That is pre­cisely what MDC Al­liance MPs ex­hib­ited last week when they walked out of Par­lia­ment when Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa was lay­ing out the leg­isla­tive agenda.

In fact, that kind of be­hav­iour only shows the cal­i­bre of leg­is­la­tors that MDC Al­liance sup­port­ers voted into of­fice, the kind of peo­ple who have no re­gard for se­ri­ous busi­ness and are bent on wast­ing tax pay­ers’ money at any avail­able op­por­tu­nity.

They just do not take them­selves se­ri­ously as leg­is­la­tors and we won­der if the na­tion should take them se­ri­ously go­ing for­ward.

It is dis­heart­en­ing to note that they blew more than $200 000 in ac­com­mo­da­tion, fuel, meals and sit­ting al­lowances to play po­lit­i­cal games by walk­ing out dur­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing of the First Ses­sion of the Ninth Par­lia­ment by Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa.

Fur­ther­more, the leg­is­la­tors will soon take de­liv­ery of ser­vice all­ter­rain ve­hi­cles, which they should use for Par­lia­men­tary busi­ness.

How­ever, the truth of the mat­ter, as ev­i­denced by the events last week, His Ex­cel­lency went ahead with the busi­ness of the day with Zanu-PF leg­is­la­tors, who are by far more in num­bers any­way.

And what is clear is that the walk out did not stop the ses­sion and will not af­fect the flow of Par­lia­men­tary busi­ness.

Surely, the coun­try can­not be held at ran­som by MDC Al­liance chaps and the sooner they re­alise that, the bet­ter.

Ac­tu­ally, we urge them to go back to their senses and do the job that they pledged to do when cam­paign­ing for of­fice.

They must be re­minded that they rep­re­sent the peo­ple who voted for them and they owe their sup­port­ers and vot­ers some bit of se­ri­ous­ness by do­ing their job hon­ourably. Oth­er­wise, their walk out was just a waste of time.

Mr Ge­orge Charamba, now Deputy Chief Sec­re­tary-Pres­i­den­tial Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, de­scribed the dis­hon­ourable be­hav­iour by the Al­liance leg­is­la­tors as fu­tile an­tics. “The boy­cott back­fired spec­tac­u­larly . . . If any­thing, it un­der­lines that MDC Par­lia­men­tary pres­ence does not mat­ter nu­mer­i­cally be­cause Zanu-PF filled the empty space and what is more is we read clear dif­fer­ences within their ranks, which will shape their pol­i­tics as we move into the fu­ture.

“With or with­out them, the is­sue is the Pres­i­dent has tabled mat­ters for de­bate and their non-at­ten­dance does not ex­cuse them from deal­ing with mat­ters he has put be­fore Par­lia­ment. It’s an act in fu­til­ity.”

Apart from the MDC Al­liance the­atrics, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa also chaired the first Cabi­net meet­ing un­der the Sec­ond Repub­lic last week where he in­tro­duced a new ap­proach on the con­duct of Gov­ern­ment busi­ness and tasked the new min­is­ters to iden­tify at least five quick-win and high im­pact projects that im­prove the liveli­hoods of the peo­ple.

Un­der the new ap­proach, min­is­ters are ex­pected to make pre­sen­ta­tions dur­ing the course of a Cabi­net meet­ing while de­ci­sions will be com­mu­ni­cated to the na­tion every Wed­nes­day to en­sure trans­parency. All the projects will be strictly mon­i­tored and im­ple­mented un­der 100-day pro­gramme cy­cles.

Giv­ing his open­ing re­marks dur­ing the meet­ing, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said the new min­is­ters — a blend of new tal­ent and ex­pe­ri­ence — should lead the trans­for­ma­tion process.

Each port­fo­lio should now iden­tify a min­i­mum of five quick­win and high im­pact projects in or­der that work on them com­mences in earnest. Where ap­pro­pri­ate, it is per­mis­si­ble to go be­yond the five, sub­ject to ap­proval by Cabi­net.”

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said min­is­ters were ex­pected to speak with one voice. “Our ap­proach will en­tail four or five min­is­ters mak­ing pre­sen­ta­tions dur­ing the course of a Cabi­net meet­ing like this one un­til the 100-day cy­cle ends,” he said.

This is a new and re­fresh­ing ap­proach that will cer­tainly keep min­is­ters on their toes and the na­tion up­dated all the time on what is be­ing done to change the for­tunes of the coun­try for the bet­ter. It’s a wel­come move.

And like the Pres­i­dent al­ways says, all shoul­ders should be on the wheels all the time.

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