Ministers, Speaker all ditch parly for Zanu PF politburo
By Staff Reporter
MDC-T MPs were left fuming after the majority of cabinet ministers abandoned parliament’s question time on Wednesday to attend a Zanu PF politburo meeting.
Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Mudenda (pictured) and his deputy Mabel Chinomona also did not attend, leaving the chair to Hurungwe North MP Reuben Mwarumahoko to act.
A lot of questions which demanded written responses from Ministers were deferred after the top government officials were not in the legislative chamber.
MDC-T chief whip Innocent Gonese demanded answers from the temporary speaker.
“Mr. Speaker, we have said it before that on Wednesdays, we must put the matters of the nation ahead of party business and Mr. Speaker, we got assurance from the Honourable Speaker (Mudenda) that if there is a Politburo meeting, they would ensure that it finishes on time to enable those members of the Politburo, including the heads of this institution namely the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker respectively, including the Government Chief Whip, who are also members of that august body, to be released on time,” he said.
Independent legislator for Norton, Temba Mliswa also railed against Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa for continued absence from the house.
All cabinet ministers are from Zanu PF.
With a majority of ministers absent, Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi found himself having to take the majority of questions as leader of government business in the house.
The Zanu PF ministers have also come under fire for absenteeism even when there will not be at any party meeting.
MDC-T President Nelson Chamisa once suggested the introduction of a fine against ministers who absconded parliament.
Former President Robert Mugabe and lately President Emmerson Mnangagwa have been accused of failing to pull rank through ensuring their ministers attended parliament.