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MPs reduce budget seminar to prank game


The 2012 post-Budget seminar organised for MPs was yesterday reduced to a childish prank game after the legislators used the platform to heckle each other instead of debating budgetary issues.

The noisy interjections by the MPs almost drowned presentations by economists Joseph Mvechera, Tendai Gundani and Rameck Maraire.

The trio had been invited to unbundle the budget for easy digestion by the legislators.

One MP shouted at Bulawayo South legislator Eddie Cross and labelled him an old man for no apparent reason, attracting laughter and comments while Mverecha was presenting.

During the question and answer session after the presentations, Zvimba East MP Patrick Zhuwao delivered a lengthy speech, attracting interjections from MPs.

This resulted in Zhuwao hitting back at one of the heckling legislators, Goromonzi South MP Greenbate Dongo, describing his suit as having been designed from sofa-manufacturing material.

Incensed by the remark, Dongo shouted back at Zhuwao, reducing proceedings to a slinging match.

Magunje MP Franco Ndambakuwa, who laughed hilariously at Dongo, was quickly silenced by another MP who turned on him and told him his Nigerian attire resembled a female dress.

Parliament’s director of finance Bernard Zvamada, who was chairing the discussions, could only stare at the MPs in dismay.

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