Chiwenga causes a stir in Parliament


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*HON. ADV. CHAMISA: Thank you Hon. Speaker Sir. The position of a Vice President is a very pertinent position and it leads to peace and also to unity within the country. What we request from the withdrawal that the Vice President has made, you know that in terms of our rules, if a Member is disappointed, he has a right to talk to you in that manner. The Vice President has withdrawn his statement but he has further added salt to injury when he said an arrow shot is a fly which is gone. This is a challenge because this is a man from the military who has spoken, but in the military set up, it might not mean anything because the Vice President is known as an esteemed and highly recognised Commander. Kana munhu arimugandanga mukuru achitaura zvakadai…– [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –

Hon. Matuke having stood up on a point of order.

THE HON. SPEAKER: Can you sit down Chief Whip, you do not do that. Hon. Adv. Chamisa, if you want to correct the darkroom of this House, you should not be equally guilty. You withdraw the statement of gandanga.

* HON. ADV. CHAMISA: I withdraw the term gandanga Mr. Speaker but I would want to give an alternative for that word. I withdraw that word but it was honorific. The Vice President is now saying ceasefire and that is what we expect from him. What I am saying is that words that intimidate are not good. It gives us a wrong image of our nation. So, we want the Vice President of the nation to be respected or honoured by the Vice President of the opposition so that we also honour him. I thank you.

THE HON. SPEAKER: I have not ruled. Thank you. Hon. Vice President, your withdrawal was accepted but the arrow aspect is frightening. It might have certain implications and so, if you could simply withdraw and carry on with your answer. They are frightened of the arrow.

THE VICE PRESIDENT (HON. RTD. GEN. DR. CHIWENGA): Mr. Speaker Sir, I retrieve my arrow.

THE HON. SPEAKER: Hon. Vice President, did you have something else to say in response to the question.

THE HON. VICE PRESIDENT: No.

*HON. MANDIPAKA: Thank you Mr. Speaker. My question is a supplementary question. Looking at the response that he gave, I realised that he was deeply troubled by the failure of Government. He expressed concern…

THE HON. SPEAKER: Hon. Mandipaka, can you ask your supplementary question?

*HON. MANDIPAKA: I would want to pose a question to the Vice President to say that, is there policy that is being put in place by Government to deal with people who are still going to America to lobby for more sanctions? I thank you.

THE HON. SPEAKER: I dismissed that question.

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