Chikwinya, Mnangagwa square off in Parly

via Chikwinya, Mnangagwa square off in Parly March 1, 2014  NewsDay

TEMPERS flared in the House Assembly on Thursday when Mbizo MP Settlement Chikwinya (MDC-T) poked fun at Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa accusing him of walking out because he could not withstand the heat generated by the debate on corruption.

“I hope politicians are not going to walk out as I speak of corruption, Mr Speaker,” Chikwinya said before an emotionally-charged Mnangagwa hit back, describing the MDC-T politician’s remarks as unsavoury and provocative.

“On a point of order, Mr Speaker, it is most unparliamentary to insinuate that my right to go out of the chamber should be governed by the speech of the Honourable Member discussing whatever topic he is discussing. I have a democratic right to be in the chamber and a democratic right to leave the chamber,” Mnangagwa said.

The House’s temporary Speaker Reuben Marumahoko then intervened and ordered Chikwinya to withdraw his statement, and the MP obliged.

The motion on corruption, introduced by Kambuzuma MP Willias Madzimure (MDC-T), has generated heated debate in Parliament with legislators calling on the Executive to deal decisively with the culprits.

Last year, local anti-graft watchdog Transparency International Zimbabwe revealed that the country was losing an average of $55 million a day, which translated to $10 billion, for the past five years through corruption.

Chikwinya hailed Media, Information and Broadcasting Services minister Jonathan Moyo for leading the crusade against corruption.

“I do not agree with him on a number of issues, but on this particular issue of corruption, I would want to salute him.

“He is the only minister who has accepted the fact that corruption has become our greatest enemy. He is one minister who has allowed action to be taken on one of his boards, which is the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation board,” Chikwinya said.



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    apolitical 8 years ago

    The lack of comment on the inclusive government and corruption during those years is deafening.
    We need apolitical investigation by journalist who care about the nation, not how much they get from the propaganda fund.

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      Ruramai 8 years ago

      Not sure if apolitical is a normal person. Seems to forget that even if corruption during the inclusive government were to be discussed the chief corruption officer has been the same for the past 34 years, the nonagenarian Robert Mugabe.

      Why not go ask him, Apo?

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      Peter tosh 8 years ago

      The dog,Apolitical has been fed today to bark again, lord have mercy!

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    John Thomas 8 years ago

    How much do you get Mr Apolitical?

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    a thief is also a compulsive liar and a coward. He will also walk away from the truth.

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    Sekuru Mapenga 8 years ago

    To pay Gershom Pasi his $310,000 per month salary requires the PAYE taxes from 15,000 formally employed workers, for example Ministry of Education teachers. It is the same for NSSA boss. Our contributions are not for our pensions one day, but only to pay the NSSA boss his salary.
    We pay and pay every month for services, PAYE, NSSA, NEC, City Rates, PSMAS, but all the money is taken to support the lavish private lives of Mr Mugabe’s friends.
    Vari mbava.

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      masvukupete 8 years ago

      @Sekuru. Point of correction. It needs 15 000 real value adding employees, who make real products for immediate monetary gains and those are getting fewer and fewer by the day. Teachers do not create value in immediate monetary terms. Therein lies the problem.

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    Roving Ambassador 8 years ago

    To personalize the issue, my mum survives on what we provide for her. She is retired. You ask any retired civil servant how much they get from their pension and you will be shocked. The Gono era robbed them off all their savings. The what happens to parents whose kids have all passed away or cannot afford?
    Zanu is evil.

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    Who cares?this regime is the worst in Africa and if not in the World.@sekuru Mapenga ,wel said

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    munzwa 8 years ago

    so the comments were provocative were they Mana, what about Mutasa comments to Bennett when he was in Parliament??

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    Nyoni 8 years ago

    Zanu are heartless thugs bent only on being the richest people in Africa and bragging about it to all the world . These thieves truly believe there is nothing wrong in whatever they do or say.

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    Mnagagwa when u were canvassing for votes u never said u will leave the chamber anytime u feel like.shame to those who voted u