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MDC-T forces Senate adjournment

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Senate was Wednesday adjourned to February next year after MDC-T senators continued to disrupt business — singing and shouting — in the House in protest against the attendance of provincial governors whom they refuse to recognise arguing they were unilaterally appointed by President Robert Mugabe.

Four provincial governors turned up Wednesday at Senate and MDC-T senators stood their ground saying they would never allow “intruders”.

They started chanting a Shona song Taramba zvemadisinyongoro (We refuse confusion), accompanied by spirited dancing and whistling.

Harare Metropolitan Province Governor David Karimanzira, Midlands Governor Jason Machaya, Matabeleland North Governor Sithokozile Mathuthu and Mashonaland West Governor Faber Chidarikire had turned up to attend senate business.

But MDC-T senators told NewsDay they would never allow them to masquerade as governors until President Mugabe followed the correct procedure and appoint them in consultation with the other principals in the GPA.

President of the Senate Edna Madzongwe was completely helpless. She continuously shouted: “Order, you are disrupting business in the House” but it did not help.

She sent the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms to march the singing MDC-T senators out of the chamber but they would have none of it.

They refused to budge and continued singing in defiance of her order.

As the singing got intense, MDC-T deputy national organising secretary Morgan Komichi – in poetic fashion—chanted: “The Bulawayo governor seat is ours, Harare is ours, Masvingo is ours, Matabeleland North is ours. We want our seats as governors because we won them during the elections. Let us respect the laws of the land.”

After failing to contain the chaos, Madzongwe had no option but to adjourn the Upper House to the February 8, 2011.

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