MDC MPs boycott budget presentation over Mnangagwa presence
By Staff Reporter
MDC MPs boycotted the 2020 budget presentation by the Finance Minister, later claiming they were attending a funeral for party activists who died in a recent road accident.
The main opposition has been adamant it does not recognise President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s leadership and has ensured the national leader was not comfortable each time he came to parliament.
Last year during the same event, police were called into the legislative chamber to drag out the legislators one by one after they had refused to stand up in recognition of the President who had entered the house.
The MDC boycott has elicited strong rebuke from other MPs who felt the opposition MPs were taking their anti-Mnangagwa stunt way too far.
Independent MP for Norton, Temba Mliswa(pictured) demanded disciplinary action against the defiant lawmakers he described as hypocrites.
Mliswa questioned how the MDC could take part in the formulation of bills that are later signed into substantive law by a president whose legitimacy they do not recognise.
Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda threatened unspecified punishment against the opposition MPs.