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Intruder in the House, Madame President

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There was chaos on Tuesday in the Upper House of Parliament (Senate) when MDC-T senators disrupted proceedings in protest at the presence of Matabeleland North provincial governor Thokozile Mathuthu.

As soon as Mathuthu set foot in the Senate, non-constituency Senator and MDC-T deputy national organising secretary Morgan Komichi raised an issue with the President of the Senate, Edna Madzongwe, saying there was an “intruder” in the House.

“Madame President, you are breaking Zimbabwean law by allowing a stranger in here,” said Komichi.

But Madzongwe would have none of that saying:

“Order, Honorable Senator, I have respected all of you present and so please respect me as well because I am carrying out my duties according to the Constitution of this country and according to the standing rules and orders of this institution.”

Madzongwe and Clerk of Parliament Austin Zvoma failed to contain the chaotic situation as MDC-T senators walked out of the chamber.

Outside, MDC-T MPs convened and went back, this time singing and dancing to a Ndebele song led by Matobo Senator Sithembile Mlotshwa.

The song, “Governor hamba, Governor phuma,” (Governor go out, Governor go) went on until Madzongwe adjourned the Senate.

In an interview with NewsDay, Komichi said:

“At the moment the people masquerading as governors are just Zanu PF activists. All senior appointments should be done through consultations by the three principals in the GPA. As long as they come to Senate, the House will never sit.”

Mathuthu retaliated by dancing to the MDC-T senators’ song saying she would not be deterred.

“They have a right to their opinion, but I do not appoint myself. They are not the three principals and they are not going to fire me,” Mathuthu said.

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