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Masawi attacked even in death


The late Zanu PF MP, Ephraim Masawi, Wednesday came under attack from an MDC-T legislator Shepherd Mushonga (Mazowe Central) who blasted the dead lawmaker for having fanned violence during his lifetime.

Mushonga interjected as Zanu PF legislator for Mbire Paul Mazikana and Mazowe South MP Margaret Zinyemba eulogised Masawi for being a fearless fighter, and retorted that the deceased was well known for violent nature.

Later, Mushonga stood up to make his contribution, which shocked many MPs.

“Madam Speaker, I want to say that during his (Masawi) tenure of office, we experienced a lot of violence,” said Mushonga. “We were pleased when he was dropped as governor and were happy that the President had made that decision to drop him because he was very violent.”

Angered by the unexpected remarks, Zanu PF MP for Gutu West Noel Mandebvu said it was unAfrican to criticise the dead.

Mandebvu said: “People who say bad things about dead people are worse than witches.”

At that point Dorcas Sibanda, the MP for Bulawayo Central, stood up and demanded Mandebvu retract his remarks implying Mushonga was a witch, but Mandebvu refused.

Mandebvu described the late Masawi as a simple and approachable governor who had an open door policy.

“He was active in the Third Chimurenga and brought land to the people,” said Mandebvu.

When the late MDC-T MP for Gweru, Patrick Kombayi died and MPs were passing condolence messages, Zanu PF MPs stunned the House when they described him as an irreputable person who was cunning.

They said Kombayi’s waywardness led him to join almost every political party in Zimbabwe.

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