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Harare East Member of Parliament threatens to kill fellow ZANU-PF MP

HON. MANDIPAKA:  Mr. Speaker, it is unfortunate that the smooth flow of my debate has been disturbed but I want to support the concept – [HON. MEMBERS:  Inaudible interjections.] –

THE ACTING SPEAKER:  Order, please.  What is wrong?  Hon. Mandipaka you may proceed.

HON. MANDIPAKA:  Mr. Speaker, I was saying, the smooth flow of my debate has been disturbed quite a bit, suffice to say that we support as a Parliament the concept of e-passport in Africa…

HON. ADV. CHAMISA:  On a point of order Mr. Speaker.

THE ACTING SPEAKER:  What is your point of order?

HON. ADV. CHAMISA:  Mr. Speaker, this is a platform, a sacrosanct platform of Honourable Members.  When the honour in a Member is subtracted by another Member or any other force ….

THE ACTING SPEAKER:  Order Hon. Chamisa, just take your seat – [HON. MEMBERS:  Inaudible interjections.] –

THE ACTING SPEAKER: Order, order! Hon. Members.

HON. ADV. CHAMISA: Thank you Hon. Speaker.  The point I had raised is really a point that is not poisonous, inimical or detrimental to the Business of Parliament but actually amplifies and augments Parliament.  Once an Hon. Member has raised an issue, in terms of our Standing Orders, it is a public issue.  For the integrity of the House, it has to then invite the intervention and ruling of the Hon. Speaker, because we cannot have attempted murder in Parliament.  We cannot have threats of violence in the House.  So, Hon. Speaker we enjoin your Chair to make a ruling in this matter, in the interest of protecting Hon. Members and the integrity of this institution.  This is one of the pillars of the State; a very important one; the one that stands last when all others have collapsed; the Parliament.  So, it must be respected. – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –

THE ACTING SPEAKER: Order! Order, Hon. Maridaid.  Can we have order in the House please?  There is no debate on this issue, I am going to make a ruling.

Hon. Maridadi having insisted on making a point of order.

THE ACTING SPEAKER: I said no further debate on this one.  Hon. Maridadi, I have said no further debate on this issue.  I am going to make a ruling.  I think what I did was to ask Hon. Mukupe to go out for a while.  In terms of our Standing Orders Number 13, making an oral or written threat to a Member is not permissible in the Chamber. Hon. Katsiru, your point of order is considered. – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –

THE ACTING SPEAKER: Order please!  Hon. Members, this is an allegation.  An allegation needs to be investigated.  Therefore we are going to look into it; we are going to investigate and come back to you.

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