MDC MPs’ be­hav­iour de­spi­ca­ble

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THE churl­ish and child­ish be­hav­iour by leg­is­la­tors from the op­po­si­tion MDC in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day where they sought, al­beit in a fu­tile at­tempt, to dis­prut pro­ceed­ings dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of the na­tional bud­get, be­trays their ide­o­log­i­cal bank­ruptcy and po­lit­i­cal im­ma­tu­rity.

As Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa en­tered Par­lia­ment for the 2019 Bud­get Speech by Fi­nance and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Pro­fes­sor Mthuli Ncube, the MDC leg­is­la­tors ig­nored an or­der by the Speaker of Par­lia­ment Ad­vo­cate Ja­cob Mu­denda to stand up as a sign of re­spect for the Head of State.

Con­se­quently, the Speaker ruled that the op­po­si­tion MPs be ejected from the Au­gust House for dis­re­spect­ing the Pres­i­dent.

This, how­ever, led to dra­matic and em­bar­rass­ing scenes with the op­po­si­tion MPs re­fus­ing to leave the House and the po­lice had to be sum­moned to eject them.

Still, the leg­is­la­tors en­gaged in scuf­fles with the law en­force­ment agents as they re­fused to go out.

Even­tu­ally, they were re­moved from Par­lia­ment and the busi­ness of the day con­tin­ued with­out fur­ther dis­tur­bances.

It should be known to the op­po­si­tion leg­is­la­tors that Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa was voted into power by the peo­ple of Zim­babwe, in­au­gu­rated in line with the coun­try’s Con­sti­tu­tion and should be treated with the dig­nity of a Head of State that he de­serves.

What is im­por­tant is that since his in­au­gu­ra­tion, the Pres­i­dent has been very clear that not much time would be spent pol­i­tick­ing as the great­est task ahead is fix­ing the coun­try’s econ­omy.

He has fol­lowed that with ac­tions through a num­ber of ini­tia­tives in­clud­ing re-en­gage­ment, court­ing in­vestors, cre­at­ing demo­cratic space among many other in­ter­ven­tions.

The re­sults have al­ready started show­ing and what is even more em­bar­rass­ing for these leg­is­la­tors is that the coun­try’s neigh­bours can see that Zim­babwe is mak­ing gi­ant strides to­wards an eco­nomic turn­around.

South African Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa last week called on the Euro­pean Union to lift sanc­tions on Zim­babwe say­ing the coun­try has turned a won­der­ful cor­ner and needs sup­port on its path to great re­forms.

“We dis­cussed a mat­ter of other coun­tries in our re­gion, par­tic­u­larly Zim­babwe and called upon the EU to re­view its po­si­tion on Zim­babwe and move to­wards lift­ing what­ever sanc­tions they might still have on Zim­babwe be­cause Zim­babwe is on a path of great re­forms and we in­sisted that this needs to be sup­ported as the coun­try has turned a won­der­ful cor­ner,” he told a Press con­fer­ence af­ter the 7th South Africa Euro­pean Union Sum­mit in Brus­sels, Bel­gium.

The calls by Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa fol­lowed sim­i­lar calls by telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions mogul and bil­lion­aire, Mr Strive Masiyiwa, who said Zim­babwe needs to be given a chance.

Many coun­tries have re­sponded pos­i­tively to Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa’s calls for in­vest­ment in the coun­try with a num­ber of bil­lion dol­lar deals be­ing signed al­most ev­ery week.

The op­po­si­tion leg­is­la­tors do not re­alise that the coun­try is way past elec­tion mode and ev­ery­one is work­ing to­wards the re­vival of the econ­omy.

They also for­get that the rul­ing Zanu-PF won a sweep­ing ma­jor­ity and their pres­ence in the House will not be missed.

Zim­bab­weans will not be held to ran­som and cer­tainly not held back by a group of big­oted op­po­si­tion politi­cians with a false sense of en­ti­tle­ment who think they can dom­i­nate a Govern­ment formed by a party en­joy­ing the ma­jor­ity sup­port of Zim­bab­weans.

It must be sad for vot­ers who cast their bal­lots for char­la­tans who con­trib­ute noth­ing but chaos in the Au­gust House.

Just as their ac­tions were recorded and beamed to the world yes­ter­day, his­tory will record that the MDC leg­is­la­tors con­trib­uted ab­so­lutely noth­ing to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try.

Crit­i­cally, to those who ral­lied be­hind them dur­ing the polls, yes­ter­day proved be­yond any doubt that their votes have gone to waste.

On its part, the Govern­ment will not be de­railed from its de­vel­op­ment march to­wards a mid­dle in­come econ­omy by 2030 as it en­joys the sup­port of all pro­gres­sive forces and pa­tri­otic Zim­bab­weans.

Iron­i­cally, as he pre­sented his Bud­get Speech, Prof Ncube got praises from staunch Govern­ment critic Dr Pedzi­sai Ruhanya who de­scribed it as re­fresh­ing.

“The best bud­get state­ment I have heard from a Fi­nance Min­is­ter in Zim­babwe for quite some time. Well done @MthuliNcube. Ideas run the world. Let’s hope your good ideas will not be soiled by cor­rupt prac­tices,” he posted on twit­ter.

“With re­spect, Fi­nance Min­is­ter Prof Mthuli Ncube’s bud­get state­ment is im­pres­sive. His nor­ma­tive po­si­tions are well-mean­ing and some em­pir­i­cal propo­si­tions are good. It’s very re­fresh­ing!”

Slowly, more Zim­bab­weans will get to see and ap­pre­ci­ate the sin­cer­ity of Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa and his Govern­ment to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try.

If any­thing, the stunt by the op­po­si­tion leg­is­la­tors yes­ter­day was self de­feat­ing and con­fir­ma­tion that they have no mean­ing­ful con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try out­side heck­ling, storm­ing out of the Au­gust House dur­ing cru­cial dis­cus­sions and en­gag­ing in riotous be­hav­iour.

It is high time Zim­bab­weans see these leg­is­la­tors for the jokes that they are and think long and hard if such char­ac­ters re­ally de­serve their vote. BULAWAYO, Tues­day, Novem­ber 23, 1993 — Fifty four per­cent of all peo­ple who have never been to school are fe­males, ac­cord­ing to the fi­nal 1992 cen­sus re­sults for Bulawayo prov­ince.

The re­sults, re­leased in a cen­sus pro­vin­cial pro­file for Bulawayo, in­di­cate that about seven per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion aged five years and above had never been to school, 54 per­cent of the to­tal pop­u­la­tion were fe­males. It said 28 per­cent of the to­tal pop­u­la­tion in the prov­ince were still at school while 65 per­cent had left school.

How­ever, of those who had al­ready left school, 51 per­cent of them were males.

“There was just a slight dif­fer­ence be­tween males and fe­males who are still at school, but for those who had al­ready left school, there were slightly more males than fe­males, both pro­por­tion­ately and ab­so­lutely,” ac­cord­ing to the pro­file.

The ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion that had left school (73 per­cent), was in the age range 15-39 years.

“Per­sons who had not com­pleted any level of ed­u­ca­tion were 54 653 while those with a univer­sity de­gree were 4 066. There were more males than fe­males in most age groups who had com­pleted any level of ed­u­ca­tion ex­cept in the non-for­mal and Form Two cat­e­gories”, said the pro­file. BULAWAYO, Satur­day, Novem­ber 23, 1968 — Nine al­leged African ter­ror­ists who were cap­tured in North­ern Mata­bele­land dur­ing se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions were said in the High Court, Bulawayo, yes­ter­day to have crossed into Rhode­sia from Zam­bia with weapons of war and large quan­ti­ties of am­mu­ni­tion and ex­plo­sives.

Det Insp John Lewis Evans, of the CID, Bulawayo, told Mr Jus­tice JM Green­field, sit­ting with two ases­sors, Mr SC Parker and Mr BN Gaunt, that a to­tal of about 10 000 rounds of am­mu­ni­tion was seized. There were also ri­fles, ma­chine guns, bazookas, an­tiper­son­nel mines and hand grenades.

Det Insp Evans said that af­ter be­ing cap­tured one man said his mis­sion was not ter­ror­ism. The man said he had en­tered Rhode­sia as a rev­o­lu­tion­ary soldier and should be treated as a pris­oner of war.

The nine men, who pleaded not guilty to charges un­der the Law and Or­der (Main­te­nance) Act, were said to have had in their posses­sion pam­phlets which were printed in Shona and Nde­bele, urg­ing Africans in Rhode­sia to sup­port them.

One man had a bot­tle which, he said, con­tained poi­son to de­stroy dogs, Det Insp Evans said.

He said some of the men were in ex­tremely poor con­di­tion and hun­gry when they were cap­tured.

Insp Hugh Bar­ton James, of the BSAP, Bulawayo, de­scribed an en­gage­ment in which Rhode­sia se­cu­rity forces had to take cover when the men sud­denly opened fire.

Insp James said his party had to be re­in­forced by troops. There was au­to­matic and sin­gle fir­ing from the men and the en­gage­ment lasted 50 to 60 min­utes.

Lt Howard James In­man, of RAR, said he and his party were flown to the area to join Insp James. They were dis­turbed twice dur­ing the night he said. Af­ter each dis­tur­bance there was fir­ing.

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