By Jane Mlambo| MDC-T Secretary General, Douglas Mwonzora has castigated a Zanu PF legislator who called for parliament to expel Joana Mamombe on account of suffering from mental illness saying it is sadistic and hypocritical as she needs time to recuperate.
Mwonzora made the remarks on Twitter where he challenged anyone without any mental malady to cast the first stone.
“The calls by a Zanu PF MP for the recall of Hon. Joanna Mamombe on account of her illness are sadistic, unfair, unjust and hypocritical. She must be given enough time to rest and recuperate. Let he who is without a mental malady cast the first stone,” said Mwonzora.
Last week, a Zanu PF legislator Honourable Tafanana Zhou moved a motion to have Mamombe removed from parliament arguing that rules of the August House requires mentally sound people only.
“Mr. Speaker Sir. My point of privilege arises from our national Constitution, Section 129 (1) (m) that states that, ‘The seat of a Member of Parliament becomes vacant if the Member is certified to be mentally disordered or intellectually handicapped under any law in force in Zimbabwe’…Honourable Joanna Mamombe was certified as mentally ill by two government doctors.
“I therefore honourable Speaker Sir, ask that a Privileges Committee be set to look into the matter,” said Zhou.
Zhou’s remarks have attracted wide criticism from pro-democratic forces who felt he was abusing his privilege.