Mphoko tells Senator you are knocking on the wrong door


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Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko last week told Senator Tapera  Machingaifa that he was knocking on the wrong door when he asked  him why there was no money at the banks but there were brand new notes on the streets.

Machingaifa said he would have loved to ask the question to the Minister of Finance as well as that of Home Affairs but he was now directing the question to Mphoko as the Leader of the House.

“We cannot get money in the banks but in the streets, you find that there are new notes there.  Where is that money coming from?” the Senator asked.

“I think you are right my friend by knocking on a wrong door.  I think to do justice to your question, it will be better to direct it to the responsible Ministry because that is very technical and I do not want to indulge myself going into those things,” Mphoko responded.

Mphoko’s response was in stark contrast to what his colleague Emmerson Mnangagwa does in the House of Assembly.

Mnangagwa has persistently told Movement for Democratic Change legislators that he can answer any question on government business in Parliament.

He has stated this several times following complaints from the MDC-T legislators that ministers do not attend Question time in the Lower House.

Q &A:

*HON. SEN. MACHINGAIFA:  Thank you Madam President and how are you?  My question is directed to the Vice President, Hon. Mphoko.  I know that the Minister of Finance and Economic Development as well as the Minister of Home Affairs are not around but as the Leader of the House, you can help us.  We cannot get money in the banks but in the streets, you find that there are new notes there.  Where is that money coming from?  I thank you.

THE VICE PRESIDENT AND MINISTER OF NATIONAL HEALING, PEACE AND RECONCILIATION (HON. MPHOKO): Thank you Madam President.  I think you are right my friend by knocking on a wrong door.  I think to do justice to your question, it will be better to direct it to the responsible Ministry because that is very technical and I do not want to indulge myself going into those things.  I thank you.

 

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