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Zimbabwe MP complains: what can I do with a paltry $1 000 a month

MOTION

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

HON. MATUKE: Thank you Madam Speaker.  I move that Orders of the Day, Numbers 1 to 8 be stood over until the rest of the Orders of the Day have been disposed of.

HON. RUNGANI: I second.  – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER: Hon. Munengami, we have to behave ourselves please.

HON. MUNENGAMI: What did I do?

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER: Why are you shouting?

HON. MUNENGAMI: I am just sitting here, what have I done.

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER: No, no tinofanira kuita zvinhu sema Hon. Members.  Ndiani?  Hausiriwe?  I am sorry.  I am sorry Hon. Munengami because you are used to… [HON. MEMBERS:  Mari, mari, mari!] –

 THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER: The ruling party is also doing that?  Hon. Mandipaka and Hon. Mashayamombe, we do not expect that to come from the right side of the House – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –  Yes!

Hon. Mashayamombe having wanted to raise a point of order.

 THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER: Handina kukurecogoniza.  Can you take your seat?

 HON. MASHAYAMOMBE: I point of order ka nhai Madam Speaker.

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER: You do not know what I want to say.  You stand up, then I recognise you, not to just start talking.  That is the procedure of the House.

 HON. HOLDER: Thank you Madam Speaker.  I am rising on a point of privilege.  The reason I am rising on a point of privileges is that we do not need to sweep issues under the carpet.  The reason being that, this question was asked and time was given for an explanation to come.  Now there is a new Minister of Finance and Economic Development and that new Minister might come with his own ideology to say that I am not paying you.

 Hon. Members have not received Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and their allowances.  We need to go and secure our victories to come back to this august House.  The problem is that we are under siege where when we speak, we are told to sit down or be sent out.  I am feeling as Hon. Members of Parliament, if this matter can be brought straight to our attention that why is it that we need to go and do certain things in order for us to get what belongs to us. What I know is what is for us that is not with us is against us.  Thank you Madam Speaker.

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER: Thank you Hon. Member.  I go along with what you are saying because once you have this CDF and whatever welfare of the Members of Parliament, we will also benefit.  What I am saying is those are some of the issues we were supposed to bring in while the Ministers were here. – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –  So what do you want me to do now?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Continued next page

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