MPs chicken out of Mujuru debate

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Debate on condolences to the Mujuru family following the tragic death of Retired General Solomon Mujuru was adjourned after the majority of MPs walked out.

The MPs were disinterested despite the motion moved by Zanu PF’s Kudakwashe Bhasikiti.

Zanu PF MPs started walking out while Bhasikiti was introducing the motion, opting to go to the bar, prompting MDC-T legislator Settlement Chikwinya to raise a point of order with Deputy Speaker Nomalanga Khumalo that the House did not form a quorum and shelved the debate. More than 25 members are needed to form a quorum.

Khumalo ordered the bell be rung to call back members, some of whom obliged, but immediately walked out again in dribs and drabs as the Mujuru debate continued.

When Chikwinya reignited debate questioning the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Josiah Tongogara and Herbert Chitepo, Zanu PF legislator Paul Mazikana raised a point of order, saying the House did not meet a quorum. The bells were rung once again, this time for five minutes, but only one MP returned.

Speaker of the House Lovemore Moyo, who returned to resume his duty, then adjourned the debate to today.