“I shall review my decision,” says Mudenda
By Own Correspondent| In a twist of events, Speaker Of Parliament Jacob has announced that he is performing a u-turn on punishing MDC MPs for refusing to acknowledge Emmerson Mnangagwa as winner of the 2018 elections.
Mudenda yesterday promised to review his decision which has seen him withdrawing allowances for MDC MPs for 5 months and furthermore banning MDC MPs from asking questions in parliament (from ministers).
Mudenda made the revelations while responding to what some colleagues claimed sounded like a self serving, fully rehearsed question, meant to save Mudenda’s reputation following a criminal case against him opened in Serbia last week. The man is now under criminal charges for crimes against humanity having confessed that he knows that on 1 August 2018 the military was used to change election results in Mnangagwa’s favour. (Mudenda himself is a direct beneficiary of the state engineered crime.)
Responding to a question by Norton MP Temba Mliswa, Mudenda said.
“As for the second part of your appeal, I shall review my decision and I need time to think about it very deeply so that I can come back and see what needs to be done in terms of the implications of our processes here in Parliament and outside Parliament when we are embarking on our Committee processes. So, I noted your concern.”
Meanwhile, Mliswa had asked saying, “Mr. Speaker Sir, I close by saying that the Members of Parliament on this side clearly when they disrespect[ed] the President – you chaired, you made a ruling on the allowances. At this point in time, I think it was unfair for the Hon. Minister, the Leader of Government Business to bring in the issue of them disregarding the President because there is no evidence as of yesterday which showed that they disregarded the President.”
There were inaudible interjections from some MPs from ZANU PF and Mliswa ended up asking, “Can I be protected Sir?”
Mudenda then passed an order saying, “Order, can you allow the Member to conclude?”
To this Mliswa said “Mr. Speaker Sir, you are a lawyer, you are an Advocate and I say so because there is no compelling evidence of yesterday which they did leading to disregarding the President.
“It was historical and not of yesterday. So, if at all they disregarded the President yesterday, I think a decision would have been taken. Therefore, I appeal to you Mr. Speaker Sir for the good of this Parliament and for the Leader that you have been, to be able to forgive.
“Forgiveness is also part of leadership because we have a lot more to do as parliamentarians in uniting this country. I therefore ask for your conscience in this regard to make a decision which will leave us united and not divided. I thank you Sir.”