Buhera South MP Joseph Chinotimba’s attempts to use video footage to prove a point that MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai called for sanctions against Zimbabwe suffered a blow yesterday after equipment in the National Assembly failed to work properly.
BY VENERANDA LANGA
Chinotimba wanted to use the video as illustration while contributing to debate on a motion by Hatfield MP Tapiwa Mashakada on the deteriorating state of the social and economic situation in the country.
However, to Chinotimba’s dismay the video only showed Tsvangirai speaking, but there was no sound.
Temporary Speaker Rueben Marumahoko had to stop playing of the video due to sound problems.
“I have a problem with your ruling because I also have freedom of speech,” Chinotimba said.
“When leader of the opposition in the House Thokozani Khupe was introducing her motion on cancer, she successfully showed a video presentation. I insist the IT (information technology) people should ensure there is sound so that I continue with my presentation.”
In another unrelated matter, Chegutu West MP Dextor Nduna, who recently made headlines over allegations of misusing
$1 million Zinara funds to repair roads in his constituency, said he was being punished for refusing to pay journalists bribes.
Nduna was debating a motion on the deterioration of the social and economic situation in the country when he started to talk about corruption.
Buhera West MP Oliver Mandipaka also complained to the Deputy Speaker Mabel Chinomona over remarks by MDC legislator Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga.
Misihairabwi-Mushonga last week said Mandipaka should stop saying some MPs had dirty hands as he had received a salary as a policeman in the Ian Smith regime during debate in the National Assembly.
“Mandipaka talks of people approaching this House with dirty hands. Perhaps he should also pay back the money that he was paid by the Smith regime when he was a policeman. He certainly did not go to war and let the true war veterans stand and talk about going to war,” Misihairabwi-Mushonga said then.
Yesterday, Mandipaka brought back the issue saying he was hurt.
“Madam Speaker, I was not employed during the Smith regime as I was only 15 years at the time that she is talking about,” Mandipaka retorted.
Chinotimba then alleged Binga North MP Prince Dubeko Sibanda (MDC-T) had fuelled Mandipaka’s pain by saying he was once a dzaku-dzaku, a term which in the late 1970s was used to refer to Abel Muzorewa’s supporters.