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Mnangagwa tells opposition “don’t worry about absence of ministers in Parliament, I can answer all questions to do with government policy”

*HON. E. D. MNANGAGWA:  When you were debating Hon. Member, I was silent and I was listening to what you were saying.  May you please give me the same attention?

When I responded to a question asked by Hon. Gonese, I gave a response which was equal to him – [HON. MEMBERS:  Inaudible interjections.] –

*HON. MUNENGAMI:  On a point of order Hon. Speaker, from what the Vice President is saying, he seems to be saying we may be Members of Parliament but we are of different levels and he is insinuating that Hon. Gonese is inferior.

HON. E. D. MNANGAGWA:  Now, let me explain.  I responded to a question which has been asked and I will not respond to something which has not been asked.  The Hon. Member does not seem to understand why I responded in that way.  When you later clarified on the issue, you told us that you have a letter which you had written to His Excellency and I am not sure whether I can stand up and respond to that issue.  I said I may not be able to comment on that because it is an issue which is dependent upon two seniors; the President and you Mr. Speaker Sir.  However, I can now respond to what was said by the President in Cabinet to all members who were present.  That is what I can debate and is within my level.  I thank you.



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