There was a war of words in parly yesterday as Zanu PF and MDC legislators nearly came to blows over President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s legitimacy.
The midweek question and answer session turned ugly after the MDC’s Zengeza West legislator Job Sikhala complained about the absence of most cabinet ministers.
“We are expecting our Ministers to be present,” said Sikhala.
Why are Ministers not taking parliamentary business seriously? The Leader of the House cannot answer all the concerns of the Members of Parliament.
The only present minister of Justice legal and parliamentary affairs Ziyambi Ziyambi stood up and declared that he would not respond from opposition legislators until they recognise Mnangagwa as president.
You cannot on one hand say you do not recognise the President and you expect a Minister who has been appointed by the President to answer questions.”
“I request that from today until they issue a public apology to the President, no Minister is going to answer a question from this side of the House,” Ziyambi added before taking his seat.
Rowdy scenes followed as the MPs then started shouting obscenities at each other with a fist fight nearly breaking.
As the commotion continued, Zanu PF’s Buhera North MP Joseph Chinotimba was alleged to have labelled MDC’s Tabitha Khumalo as a “prost_itute” drawing anger from her side.
“Chinotimba has no right to call me a pros_titute,” charged an enraged Khumalo.
“I was appointed by the people of Zimbabwe and he must withdraw his statement or else I will take him to Court.”
The issue was later resolved after Ziyambi was summoned by Acting Speaker William Mutomba who ruled that the (Q&A) session should continue.