Buhera South Member of Parliament Joseph Chinotimba yesterday took the Movement for Democratic Change deputy president Nelson Chamisa to task saying he must explain why he went to the United States.
Chamisa was recently in the United States together with People’s Democratic Party leader Tendai Biti to lobby the United States to ensure that Zimbabwe has free and fair elections next year.
Repots at home, however, said the two had gone to the US to urge Washington not to lift sanctions on Zimbabwe.
The United States imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe in 2003 and they are in force until next year.
The European Union imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe in 2002 but lifted them in 2014 leaving on two people, former president Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace and the Zimbabwe Defence Industries.
Chinotimba told Parliament that Chamisa must explain whether his trip was a success or not.
“As a Member of Parliament, we want to know why he visited America, to just hallucinate there. Surely if Members of Parliament continue to hallucinate, the economy will not stabilize,” Chinotimba said.
*HON. CHINOTIMBA: Mr. Speaker, my point of order is that I saw one of my Pastors who went to America, who is also a Member of Parliament. He was seeking audience to say soldiers should be removed – he said a lot of things as a Member of Parliament instead of inviting investors to come to Zimbabwe and invest – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] – so, I wanted to say to him, as a Pastor, should he move around speaking about the removal of soldiers from one place or the other. When he stood up he did not even acknowledge that his mission to America was successful. As a Member of Parliament, we want to know why he visited America, to just hallucinate there. Surely if Members of Parliament continue to hallucinate, the economy will not stabilise. Thank you very much.