Stop play­ing house with na­tional busi­ness

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Leader -

MDC-Al­liance can­not have its cake and eat

it at the same time. To this end, we en­dorse the state­ment by Jus­tice, Le­gal and Par­lia­men­tary Af­fairs Min­is­ter Ziyambi Ziyambi that Gov­ern­ment min­is­ters will not re­spond to ques­tions from the MDCA MPs if they con­tinue their cha­rade of claim­ing that they do not recog­nise Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa sim­ply to as­suage the ego of their ex­citable party front­man, Nel­son Chamisa, who lost the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion in the full glare of the world.

Said Min­is­ter Ziyambi: “Min­is­ters, ac­cord­ing to the Con­sti­tu­tion, are ap­pointed by the Pres­i­dent and serve at the plea­sure of the Pres­i­dent. The Hon­ourable Mem­bers do not recog­nise the Pres­i­dent. We can­not con­tinue in this House with hyp­ocrites. You can­not on one hand refuse to recog­nise the Pres­i­dent, but on the other want to ask ques­tions to the same min­is­ters ap­pointed by the Pres­i­dent,” said Min­is­ter Ziyambi. We couldn’t have put it any bet­ter. We re­cently saw MDCA MPs refuse to stand up when Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa walked into Par­lia­ment for the 2019 Na­tional Bud­get pre­sen­ta­tion.

MDCA leg­is­la­tors also did not ac­com­pany Speaker of the Na­tional Assem­bly Ad­vo­cate Ja­cob Mu­denda and Se­nate pres­i­dent Cde Ma­bel Chi­nomona to State House where the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cers were of­fi­cially in­tro­duc­ing them­selves to Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa fol­low­ing their elec­tion.

Only leader of the op­po­si­tion i Se­nate Elias Mudzuri ac­com­pa­nied the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cers, but was pub­licly lynched by his party col­leagues for his trou­bles

What MDCA MPs need to re­alise is that while they are the of­fi­cial op­po­si­tion, they are a mi­nor­ity party in Par­lia­ment where Zanu-PF com­mands over two thirds ma­jor­ity and hence can con­duct the busi­ness of the house with or without the MDCA. In fact those who watched the Bud­get pre­sen­ta­tion re­alised how in­signif­i­cant the MDCA is in the scheme of things as the party’s ab­sence in the wake of their walk­out was not no­tice­able.

It is ironic to hear MDCA hon­cho, Job Sikhala, claim that there is a de jure and de facto pres­i­dent in our law.

While our Con­sti­tu­tion does not have this di­chotomy, it may be nec­es­sary to take Sikhala back to law school.

De facto is Latin for “of fact,” mean­ing “in re­al­ity,” and is usu­ally con­trasted with “de jure,” which means “of law,” or “of­fi­cially”.

By claim­ing that Chamisa is the de facto pres­i­dent, Sikhala was in fact con­firm­ing that his boss was not legally elected which is what ZEC’s tally showed and was also the find­ing of the Con­sti­tu­tional Court! Be that as it may, ED Mnan­gagwa is Pres­i­dent by fact and by law, and the sooner the MDCA MPs pub­licly ac­knowl­edge this the bet­ter for them.

The First Ses­sion of the Ninth Par­lia­ment is well un­der­way. Zanu-PF will con­tinue push­ing its agenda as MDCA MPs grand­stand. Soon it will be elec­tion time and the vot­ers will once again stand in bru­tal judg­ment. It is high time the MDCA, in its en­tirety, stopped play­ing house with na­tional busi­ness!

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