Mliswa says Mugabe lied to Parliament


HON. MLISWA: Again on corruption, once all this is happening, I totally agree with Hon. Mandipaka in terms of corruption, there is no political will on the governing party to deal with corruption.  We now have a situation where, with due respect, I respect the First Family and the First Lady but the First Lady cannot interfere into the duties of the Executive.  She cannot stop …

HON. MARIDADI: I move that we increase the Hon. Member’s time so that he can talk and finish his debate.  Thank you.


HON. MLISWA: Madam Speaker, with due respect, Hon. Vice Mnangagwa was very clear when he responded to an issue which happening at rally.  He said it is a ZANU PF issue, it is non-Executive, but when the First Lady is interfering into the work of the Executive then we are asking – what Executive powers has she got to stop an investigation on Jonathan Moyo?  – [HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear.] – If I go through my Constitution, I do not see the Executive powers of the First Lady.  I see the Executive powers of the President.

For me, corruption is no big deal, we will not deal with it because the First Family itself is not willing to deal with corrupt issues.  The President comes here all the time in Parliament – zero tolerance on corruption.  The level of corruption when he talked about it was at 30% but now it is at 120%.  It is even irreversible.  So, what is he going to explain to the nation about that?  Parliament has many a times stood up and pointed out the US$15 billion which went missing and nothing has been said about it.

Now, we have issues where we have got shortage of foreign currency in the country which the President was supposed to talk on, we see luxurious cars being bought and it is there I the public. A US$45 million rand house is being bought when hospitals do not have medicines or ambulances; when children do not have schools and so forth.  Where are we going at the end of the day?  The aspect of forex is critical – [HON. MEMBERS:  Inaudible interjections.] –

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Order Hon. Members.  You are making a lot of voice.  ADI-8920, a Ford Ranger and silver in colour is blocking others.  Hon. Member, can you proceed – [HON. MARIDADI:  Nyatsorova pana First Lady, patsokodzere.] –

HON. MLISWA:  If any of you are on tweeter, face book or on any social media – two Rolls Royce worth $5.4 million have been bought.  We need to be sensitive to the plight of the Zimbabwean people – [HON. MEMBERS:  Inaudible interjections.] –

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Order Hon. Members. You will get your own chance to speak – [AN HON. MEMBERS:  Tirikurwadziwa.] –

HON. MLISWA: We need to be sensitive to the plight of the Zimbabwean people and no matter how much money you have, there is a time when you must buy a good car and there is a time when you must not buy a good car and bear with the public.  What do the people say about such expenditure?  All the foreign currency which is being preserved is going into extra spending, on extravagant things.

[Hon. Maridadi having handed a bottle of water to Hon. Mliswa.]

Thank you Hon. Maridadi.  If the water had come from that side, I would have doubted but it is alright that it has come from you – [HON. MEMBERS:  Hear, hear.] –

Let me just close by saying that it is important that we really have the plight of the people of Zimbabwe and in our expenditure, we cannot be extravagant at this point in time when there is even no foreign currency to do anything.  The Command Agriculture has been excellent but that must be complemented by industry taking off.  Without industry, we still have not gotten to where we are supposed to get to.  Thank you very much Madam Speaker.


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