Stranded MPs recount horror

PARLIAMENTARIANS who were stranded in China after missing their flight to Harare while on a shopping spree returned home yesterday, narrating harrowing experiences of their stay in the Asian country.


Of the 27 who missed the flight, only 18 touched down yesterday after the others found their way back home on their own.

The MPs said for almost five days since Sunday when they missed their flight, they were virtually squatters inside Beijing International Airport.

They only took off for Harare on Thursday and for days, were sleeping on the floor and surviving on cheap noodles and soft drinks.

The MPs had the taste of a decent meal three days after missing their flight, courtesy of the Zimbabwean Embassy staff in China who brought them food, including bread, meat and drinks.

With no money after a shopping junket, the MPs had to form “co-operatives” to buy food to keep themselves alive before they got their next flight back home.

As if that was not enough, the MPs had no access to bathing facilities, resorting to brushing their faces in public toilets until they found a hotel to shower up after missing bath for three days.

Harare Metropolitan Senator Rorana Muchihwa (MDC-T) said it also emerged that they had used tickets for disabled persons atthe time they were trying to secure the next flight back home.

Muchihwa yesterday had no kind words for Makoni South MP Mandi Chimene (Zanu PF) who organised the trip under the China-Zimbabwe Friendship Association.

She accused Chimene of “taking them to China to dump them”.
“I don’t want to hear anything about Chimene. She dumped us in China,” Muchihwa said.

“She deliberately led us to the wrong boarding gate so that we would miss the flight. We caught onto Zanu PF factional fights.”
Muchihwa said the stranded MPs had to fork out an additional $900 to come back home after they were told that their tickets would not be rescheduled because they were for disabled persons.

“Imagine, I was surprised when the Chinese brought us some wheelchairs intending to carry us thinking that we were disabled. That was embarrassing,” Muchihwa said.

“I don’t want to hear anything about Chimene and her travel agency.”

Muchihwa said problems started when they arrived at the airport in China and were met by seven Chinese who took them to a hotel in Beijing.

She said Chineme asked them to pay $7 each and also some more money for an agency. The MPs started to question the
need to pay an agent.

They paid $50 each per night at the hotel.

“Chimene identified 12 MPs and said they should stay at the hotel and would meet a Chinese delegation to build partnerships for ZimAsset [Zanu PF’s economic blueprint]. We had paid our own money and would not be drawn into looking for partnerships for ZimAsset,” Muchihwa said.

But Chimene had a different story, accusing Zaka Central MP Paradza Chakona (Zanu PF) of leading a revolt against her wise council and repeated calls from embassy officials against travelling to Guangdong, 2 300km from Beijing for their shopping junket.

Chimene said Chakona started organising other MPs, telling them that he would lead them to the shopping trip South of China and organised transportation by bullet trains to Guangdong, a 10-hour journey.

She said Chakona was enjoying support from Mt Pleasant MP Jason Passade (Zanu PF), Bikita South MP Jeppy Jaboon (Zanu PF) and Muchihwa.

“When they came to the airport, Chakona defied an instruction to come to Gate 3 before gates were closed, insisting he would go to Gate 2 where Hon Jaboon was. That is how they missed the flight,” Chimene said.

Chimene claimed the stranded MPs did not pay an extra $900. She said the travel agency, Sontin, negotiated with the Ethiopian Airways for the stranded MPs to top up only $50 on the understanding that they had used all the money they had. She said they could only be charged that much if they changed the route.

“I negotiated with Sontin and Ethiopian Airways. I am grateful to them that they honoured my request so that thee MPs would come back home,” Chimene said.

Chimene confirmed that she organised the MPs’ tickets for the disabled in order to get them cheaper ones because they had indicated that they had no money. The MPs paid $260 each for the$1225 tickets.

They are expected to pay the balance over six months through a stop-order facility to Skycred, an organisation that paid the tickets on behalf of the MPs.

Passade yesterday reportedly approached Avondale police to launch a report against Chimene and Sontin, accusing them of causing the MPs to miss their flight. But Sontin is said to have explained to Passade air travel rules in the presence of the police.

“I organised the trip for the purpose of exposing the MPs to travelling,” Chimene said. She said a delegation of 52 took off for China.

“It is sad that we ended up in factions when we arrived there with Chakona mobilising MPs to disobey advice.”

Chakona and Passade could not be reached for comment as their phones were unavailable.

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  1. Ko havasi zvirema here.zvirema zvakatova nani

  2. this shows that you don’t want to cooperate , if you failed to do your things together in Beijing as people from the same country. this means we voted for the wrong people who do not care. chimene must be serious. aizviziva kuti pane vamwe vaive vatsva kuenda Ku China ikoko so he decided to trick them with intention to make them miss the flight. you left zim as one but on arrival you grouped yourselves. why? we voted you so that we can work together but you are now showing us your stupidness. (talking of chimene).

  3. Mirai ndimboenda kutoilet ndozodzoka ndopa comment.

  4. Wobva wawona kuti Zimbabwe iri pa tight kutongwa ne vanhu vakadai.Tasara for sure hameno zvavo my future is diaspora for sure.

  5. Yaa madofo ema mps. Sure u wanted to feel hw these trains travel? U shld firstly liased wt yo travel agent on day when plane is coming home. Kunge vana vadiki vanofarira mujaho.

  6. The purpose of the trip was to buy personal buses for mps so as to introduce a law to illegalise combis from Zimbabwe streets.

    Power corrupts absolutely but we arent going without a fight.

  7. CHIMENE akanganisaaa? Aiwa haana kukanganisa
    The idiots left Harare as one group under the leadership of Chimene then in Zhingland others decided to revolt and form their own group which then got stranded. Is that Chimene’s fault. Twaida kugwarira paduri sehuku zvino twakanyura. WE VOTED FOR MORONS.

  8. Pliz can you name the mps for us the voters also indicate which political party they belong then we can give comments

  9. Mandijuta Chimhene

    Abuse of privileges…MPs buying cheap tickets for the disabled, thats fraud.
    Reminds me of parliamentary expenses scandal in the UK. Politicians are all the same but at least in some countries they have to take responsibility of their actions and resign after some enquiry.
    In Zw they volunteer the info coz they know they are untouchable.
    It used to be about representing pple but its now about opportunity to acquire wealth & abuse privileges. Ndiyo ZIMASSET yacho !

  10. A bunch of criminals who misrepresented that they were disabled in order to get cheaper tickets

    1. Richard the Lion Heart

      That is illegal. I doubt that bothers any of them though,

  11. Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    This does not give our country a good image at all. Its an embarrassing way of looking East! Hon MPs must not behave like they went as school children who need special hand holding on a trip!

    It speaks volumes of the calibre of some of those elected . The iron of democracy is that sometimes quality suffers , with due respect to Honourables involved!

    Next time they must visit Israel to see where Jesus was born , instead of a shoping trip!The HOLY SPIRIT will give then more wisdom b4 visiting China!

    Zvavo vane mari yekukwira ndege kunotenga , kana vadzoka votambirwa ku airport ne new RANGER VEHICLES manufactuured outside the ZIMASSET program!

  12. Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    This does not give our country a good image at all. Its an embarrassing way of looking East! Hon MPs must not behave like they went as school children who need special hand holding on a trip!

    It speaks volumes of the calibre of some of those elected . The iron of democracy is that sometimes quality suffers , with due respect to Honourables involved!

    Zvavo vane mari yekukwira ndege kunotenga , kana vadzoka votambirwa ku airport ne new RANGER VEHICLES manufactuured outside the ZIMASSET program!

  13. hapana zvamunondiita

    Ths ain’t nothing compared 2 é horrors we encounter in our evryday lyf, they tlk of nt being able 2 bath fo 3 days while on a shopping spree ivo vachitombowana zvavo yekunwa ko isu tave nemore than 15 yrs tichishaya yekunwa chaiyo. They’re equating themselves 2 squatters yet we r squatters in our own country.they shd b deliberating on issues tht ths sinking nation is facing coz tht trip hs no value @ all 2 us, in a few days they’ll b asking 4 pay rise n mo allowances. Surely sm1 who dsnt knw hs boarding gate dsnt deserve 2 b an MP anotomirira kuudzwa nemumwewo editor hw do ppl “brush” their faces in public?

    1. Lolest! You read between the lines nhai ka? “bt editor hw do ppl “brush” their faces in public?”

  14. So the ‘horrors’ they faced were ‘brushing their faces’ and sleeping on the floor,while on a shopping spree?!!Am i missing something here?seems more of a priviledge than a ‘horror’!

  15. a divided nation nyika yemafactions nepakufamba pose panoitawo vapanduki kkkkkkkk

  16. Zvakaoma. It just goes to show that we are being led by a bunch of imbeciles. If grown up men and women purporting to be our leaders can not organize a successful trip, how are they expected to extricate us out the mess that we are in as a country?

  17. Chimene wakatonzwa tsitsi if I was you I would have put them on a ship because flying isn’t there thing but thumps up for the disabled tickets move because u nailed it , those guys are totaly mentaly disabled . MPs on shopping sprees in china mugabe medical trip to singapore this just gets better for people who are in power whilst the ordinary zimbabwean shops at mupedzigazi ,,, the MPs should hand in there resignations as they are supposed to be ambassadors not embarousments of the country . Another case which shows how poor zimbabwe is there top officials spent days stranded in a foreign country without help from the government inoder to save the country’s face ,,,,

  18. I thought MDC-T ndiyo inonzi ine munyonga but pese apa kupotsearana chete apa hanzi ZPF, ZPF, ZPF makava odyanana

  19. Chenjerai Hove

    Imbeciles indeed. Our rulers who are so stupid they accept to go shopping in China thousands of kims away when they could probably get the same goods around the corner in Harare. The calibre of our leaders is shameful, to say the least.

    Yes, they are disabled, indeed.

    Vakabuda pachena kuti madofo chaiwo.

    1. Kwakwakwakwakwakwakwakwa

  20. If this were to be developed into a movie, Zim would certainly win an Oscar. What a comedy. So much for leaders!

    1. ha ha ha ha! Are you a stand up comedian? you must bro.

  21. God help Zimbabwe pliz,God

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  23. LOL. “I was surprised when the Chinese brought us some wheelchairs intending to carry us..”

  24. Mumba mune faction yababa neya mai wani umwe noumwe achingoti ndoziva fani. Vanhu ava vanga vakawanda taida kuziva full list yavo. Comedy yacho toda cast yose kkkkkkkk ma 1

    1. ha ha ha ha! ahh our country has comedians for sure! keep up the good work gentlemen!

  25. goodchildgonebad


  26. What a shame!drama chairo from our MPs.Masquerrading as physically/mentally challenged,well they proved it beyond reasonable doubt

    1. iam missing something here, how do you go to a wrong gate to catch a flight, everything is so clearly labelled. our mps are definitely mentally challenged.Airports are unlike Mbare terminus.

    2. ha ha ha ha! let me be done laughing and will comment!

  27. There is nothing wrong with being disabled. The MPs who are supposed to represent everyone including the disabled who voted for you can say we were embarrassed because the Chinese thought they were disabled? Being disabled is not something one chooses like stealing money and going to China, its something beyond the person’s control. MPs -disabled people are people like you and its about time you become sensitive to their issues. As it is you seem to refer to them as if they are some inferior beings!

  28. Wy did they go fo shopping to such a far away place hezvo zvazvirema kkkkkkk bhora mugedhe goalllll

  29. even NIKUV must be feeling embarrassed & deeply regret


    This does not bring food on people’s tables.

    1. But comedy to your electronic device!

    2. All work and no play makes Willard a dull man! We are talking about comedy here, asi you lost on your way to some serious business? lolest bro!

  31. indeed these guys are handcaped! you don’t follow anyone to board a plane the gate number is on your ticket and there are screens everywhere the routes and gate number, they are mentally disabled no two ways

    1. These are malicious allegations leveled against the disabled. Those people referred to as disabled would not welcome this treatment; they deserve respect not comparisons to negativity and all such malpractices.

  32. This is very funny….l can picture the confusion and stupidity. Asi maybe it was the first tym yana Blackaman kukwira ndege.

  33. kesh madamombe

    Please competent journalists out there compile the names of these MPs we want the list

    1. Do you mean the cast? ha ha ha ha!

  34. One person can get lost yes not 18. It means these 18 vaingoita pupuru pupuru ngunge hwiza inongotevera neyakananga mudondo. Honestly would you expect anything of value to the country development from this lot? Tinokumbirawo maserious.

  35. hona mwana wako. ndaseka zvangu. this story made my day. “we wer surprised when the chinese brought us wheel chairs”. what was surprising imi matenga ma bosha ma ticket e zvirema

  36. Ndivo vamunoti mashefu ava? Hapana kwatirikuenda senyika. Chokwadi ndinopika naamai vangu vaNhembedzeuchi.

  37. How history keeps on repeating itself–in the days of the late Hunzvi some were claiming 80% some up to 100% disability …Now 15years into the 21st Century,enter amai Chimene with her own brand of disability claims.Its so sad.

  38. ‘,,,we were surprised when the Chinese brought us wheel chairs…’Kikikikikikikikkikikikikikikik.The Chinese were even choked at the Zimbabwean version of disability.kkkkkkkkk
    Mamparas of the Year Award.

  39. Ini handisati ndakwira hangu ndege kana kuenda kuchina asi maMP’s aya varatidza kudzungaira chaiko saka vakapuhwa mawheel chairs ndichazoseka zvangu pakurara

  40. give us a full list of those mps pliz in their categories tinyatso kuwaziwa wanhu iwawa nemitunhu yawanobva

  41. yavakaona hais nhamo,,,ko pfumvu ine vanhu munyika mogoti kudiii??

  42. Dai vakagarako zvachose. vaimboenda kunodini China kwacho? Zvinei nemaconsitituency avo? Kuda zvinhu sepapaerbag ndiko kunovanetsa. nxa dai zvakafirako.

  43. Dzinonzwahadzirimi

    Basa rekuseka Chinoz imi zvenyu ndezvipi hezvo wastak paAirport pakangonyorwa.Nxaa whats so honourable about these imbeciles

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  45. Wasu_Pa_Internet

    makava e-anhu, they should’ve been left there for ever! what a bunch of morons!! everyday I am being ashamed of being a Zimbabwean!! Takuitwa kunge anhu asina dzakakwana nepasi rose!!

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  47. Which is which here and what is the truth to this whole Chinese trip saga. Initially we told that the MP’s missed their flight because they had gone shopping very far away. But now we are being told that they missed the flight because they where actually at the airport but went to the wrong gate.?????a

  48. Nhai hama dzangu varume nevakadzi ava kubvuma kuenda kundoshopper China vasina mari yetransport zvinorevei? Huye vanaok Zimbabwe dzange dzashama mashelves here? Vatungamiri ava vanonyadzisa. kkkkkkk! Chimene vapamhefuti. kkkkkk

  49. Ndanyara fani….. tichato replacer mamwe machairs mu August house nemawheel chairs.

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