Chiwenga causes a stir in Parliament


THE HON. SPEAKER: Order, order, order – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.]

Hon. Gonese having stood up to raise a point of order.

THE HON. SPEAKER: Order, order!

*HON. MATUKE: I can see the Chief Whip from the opposite side has stood up.

THE HON. SPEAKER: Can you take a seat? Hon. Mandipaka, you had a supplementary question.

*HON. MANDIPAKA: Thank you Mr. Speaker Sir – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections .] – I would like to …

HON. GONESE: I am rising on a point of order Mr. Speaker Sir. With due respect to the Hon. Vice President, I think what is happening in this House is as a result of the words uttered by the Hon. Vice President wherein, in terms of responding to the question first, he cast aspersions on the character of our Hon. Vice President by making reference to going to America which had nothing to do with the genuine question which had been posed. The genuine question Mr. Speaker, related to the welfare of War Veterans which had not been raised. It is important for us not to act on emotions. It is unparliamentary for the Hon. Vice President to respond in the manner that he did. I think we must respect each other in this august House and in my respectful submission, it will be appropriate for the Hon. Vice President to be asked to withdraw that part where he made or made insinuations against Hon. Adv. Chamisa which were uncalled for.

The straight forward supplementary question related to the issue of timeframes where this issue was to be addressed. I was of the view that he should have stuck to that aspect and respond about the timeframes where this issue was going to be addressed instead of provoking pandemonium and chaos in this august House. That is the reason why I respectfully ask the Chair to ask the Hon. Vice President to withdraw and then we can proceed as normal. That is my submission.

THE HON. SPEAKER: Order, order! The Hon. Vice President is requested to withdraw that first part of the answer.

THE VICE PRESIDENT (HON. RTD. GEN. DR. CHIWENGA): Mr. Speaker Sir, the matter is withdrawn but an arrow shot is a fly which has gone. Anyway,…

THE HON. SPEAKER: Order, order!

Hon. Members having stood up.

THE HON. SPEAKER: Order! Please sit down. Can we hear from Hon. Adv. Chamisa.

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