OPPOSITION MDC-T MP, James Maridadi, yesterday demanded that Hurungwe East legislator Sarah Mahoka (Zanu PF) should publicly apologise for embarrassing Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa during a Zanu PF meeting last year.
BY VENERANDA LANGA
Maridadi was referring to an incident where Mahoka challenged Mnangagwa to declare openly his ambitions to succeed President Robert Mugabe.
The Mabvuku-Tafara MP raised the issue after Mahoka accused him of “behaving in a dishonourable manner not befitting of MPs” during debate on the introduction of bond notes.
“Mahoka is the one who is not honourable and does not respect this House because she went to the extent of insulting VP Mnangagwa in public at a Zanu PF rally,” he said.
“Whether the VP is at a rally in Shurugwi or elsewhere, he cannot be publicly berated or insulted by good-for-nothings.”
Maridadi refused to withdraw the remarks, saying the term good-for-nothings was not a derogatory term, adding it means an ordinary person, as Deputy Speaker Mabel Chinomona insisted that remarks were offensive.
Chinomona later turned her anger on Uzumba MP Simbaneuta Mudarikwa (Zanu PF), whom she ordered out of the House after he came dressed in a long leather jacket.
Mudarikwa hid under Parliament benches and exchanged his informal leather jacket for a formal jacket worn by Gutu North MP, Ticharwa Madondo (Zanu PF), who then slipped out wearing Mudarikwa’s leather jacket.
Mudarikwa continued with his debate amid protests by opposition MPs, who threatened that in future they would do the same, but Chinomona overruled their objections.
In an unrelated matter, Glen Norah MP, Webster Maondera (MDC-T) asked Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa to declare the state of roads in the country a national disaster to allow for extensive debate on the issue in Parliament.