Opposition MPs heckle shaken Malaba, Chigumba

THERE was drama in the National Assembly yesterday as opposition MDC Alliance legislators heckled and booed Chief Justice Luke Malaba, calling him a “thief” after he entered the House to swear in returning Speaker Jacob Mudenda and other presiding officers.

BY VENERANDA LANGA/KUDZAI MUCHENJEKWA

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba, who was in attendance in the National Assembly, suffered the same fate until she was whisked out of Parliament by deputy Clerk of Parliament, Hellen Dingani.

Malaba led a full Constitutional Court bench that unanimously ruled against a petition brought by MDC Alliance leader and presidential candidate in the July 30 election, Nelson Chamisa, and confirmed President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s victory.

When he entered the House clad in his full judicial robes for the swearing-in ceremony, MDC Alliance MPs burst into song, attacking the country’s top judge, while Zanu PF MPs hit back by shouting “ED Pfee”. Malaba was visibly shaken.

Mudenda was retained as Speaker, with Tsitsi Gezi elected as his deputy in elections conducted by Zec.

The ruling Zanu PF party has 180 MPs in the National Assembly, while the MDC Alliance has 88 MPs.

Both independent MP Temba Mliswa (Norton) and NPF legislator Masango Matambanadzo (Kwekwe Central) voted for Mudenda.
In his acceptance speech, Mudenda urged MPs to unite and work together.

“The most important thing is that, through our committee system, we should be able to build consensus and build Zimbabwe,” he said.

Newly-appointed MDC Alliance chief whip Prosper Mutseyami congratulated Mudenda, but pointed out that they would continue protesting over Malaba’s handling of the election petition.

Meanwhile, Mabel Chinomona was voted Senate President, with Michael Nyambuya deputising her in an election presided over by Clerk of Parliament Kennedy Chokuda and Zec.


The drama in the National Assembly started when Chegutu West MP Dextor Nduna (Zanu PF) stood up to nominate Mudenda as Speaker.

He was heckled by MDC Alliance MPs, who shouted that Nduna was a fraud who had stolen the Chegutu West elections.

Harare East MP Tendai Biti then nominated Mpariwa. Biti later told NewsDay that they had nominated Mpariwa for Speaker even though they knew that Zanu PF would win because they had the numbers.

Similar ructions were experienced in the election of the deputy Speaker when Tsitsi Gezi (wife of the late Border Gezi) was nominated by Mberengwa North MP Tafanana Zhou.

Gezi holds Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Master of Business Administration degrees.

Biti then nominated Harare Central MP Murisi Zwizwai, whom he said holds a PhD in security studies and Master of Science degree in Peace, Policy and Governance from Africa University.

Zwizwai was also a war veteran who fought alongside Defence minister Oppah Muchinguri at Manyika Front.

The voting followed party lines.

30 Comments

  1. Thobela Nyandezulu

    May be he is a fake war veteran.Does somebody cease to be a war veteran?Please Editor do your work.

    1. To be a War Vet “you must be ZANY PF”……interesting. so warped!!!

    2. Newsday should apologise to the nation, Zwizwai is not a war vet unless we are not talking about the liberation war.

  2. honestly if MDC-A WON were we going to face the same with the ZANU PF paliamentarians? the people of Zimbabwe are not interested in childish behaviour which does not bring development and food on our tables. they heckled the CJ and so what? what did we the people who voted gain? can this behaviour stop and work start I beg wooo

    1. try not to be fanatic of the party you support. tokunyarirayi hedu tichikuwonayi takagara hedu ba benj rema refree.

  3. Comment…zvinorwadza kana mukabirwa nevanhu vemutemo.

    1. Ibva apa Dzasukwa makabirwa nani? Maloosers MDC Alliance accept defeat honourably& Zimbabwe can respect you

    2. Makabirwa nani? MDC Aliance u are now too fanatic & pathetic

  4. What needs to be noted is that it wasn’t MDC A’s intention to go to court in the first place. NC intended to use violence, how he saw that yielding results is surprising, but that he was reading the Odinga book is undeniable. MDC A should blame itself for going to court unprepared, for lying to have overwhelming evidence, and to lie before elections that it had put in place antirigging mechanisms.

    1. This nonsense from the MDC should stop. Chamisa is a potential dictator obsessed with power. Biti lies that Musrisi Zwizwai is a war veteran and has a PhD, which is very false

  5. Dzasukwa usanyepera vanhu. Vakabirwa chii chacho. Dzidzai kutambira chokwadi

  6. heckling does not help anything let business take its toll. Zimbabwe must move forward.

  7. saka ma seats have jumped from 210 to 268 (180 + 88)
    mamwe madiro amunozoita mdc akati nyanyei

    1. kunema special seats such as proportional representation mukawerenga constitution yenyu munozviona.These are elected indirectly i.e. they are based on the proportion of votes obtained by the party.

  8. pretty African Princess Chigumba….

  9. Blacks are lazy, incompetent, gredy and dont even know how to lead a country.

  10. Blacks used to live in caves. Blacks had no toilets. Blacks used bushes as toilets. Blacks had no sanitary pads.

    1. NACIDO RICO, whites also used to live in caves, had no toilets and had no sanitary pads. When does your history knowledge start? Your ignorance is boundless

  11. I dont trust any black person to be my leader. Whether that person is from Zanu or MDC, a black is a black and wont change.

    1. Dont forget there are pigskins like you with goat hair too. That will never change no matter how you pretend to be sophisticated!!

  12. Kuwiriranakwakanakakugarakunzwanana Garanewakomurudohamandishe

    Comment…NACIDO RICO, “IF I AM BLACK THEN YOU ARE PINK. AS BLACK IS CHARCOAL AND WHITE IS SNOW.”

  13. why do you allow such racist comments mr editor that rico guy is pathetic

  14. Nacido Rico coming from white people ruled by a black man for 10years in USA go hang on a piece of thread you pig skined baboon….

  15. Racism is nothing but ignorance, stupidity, lack of exposure or at times a mental health or personality issue. So people like NACIDO RICO simply suffers from one or more of such behaviours or conditions. Its now upon those closer to him to try to help him. The guy needs help!.

  16. Apa maMA aiva pahome vakakanganwa kuti kune return match kune vane nyaya dziri kucourt hameno ikoko

  17. Mugabe, a black leader ruled Zim for 38 yrs and the country turned into a SH!T HOLE. Smith ruled Rhodesia for yrs and the country turned into little Britain. The Rhodesian dollar was strong vis-a-vis Zim dollar. Salisbury streets had no vendors and the streets were spotlessly clean. Now its Harare and vendors are everywhere. Faeces are found everywhere in Harare streets, urine is everywhere, cholera is everywhere in Zim and this shows that blacks do not have a clue on how to run a country. What a black politician knows is, looting and looting and looting and looting until there is nothing to loot.

  18. Kuwiriranakwakanakakugarakunzwanana Garanewakomurudohamandishe

    Comment…NACIDO RICO, I SAID IF I AM BLACK THEN YOU ARE PINK. AS BLACK IS CHARCOAL AND WHITE IS SNOW. ANYWHERE, I DO NOT KNOW HOW YOU SEE BROWN AS BLACK. YOU HAVE EYES, BUT YOU DON’T SEE. SORRY, BROWN IS NOT BLACK.

  19. Kuwiriranakwakanakakugarakunzwanana Garanewakomurudohamandishe

    Comment…NACIDO RICO, SURELY, YOU HAVE EYES AND YOU CAN NOT SEE. I AM BROWN AND YOU PINK.

  20. Zwizwai akazoita war vet when? In 1983 he was in grade 7 ini ndiri grade 4B

  21. Zvakozvenyuhazvirehwimayivepi Mazivazvangumhakayakora

    Comment…Mawar vets nedhiteniyizi mazhinji azvienderane nemakore avo. Vamwe vakatosungirwa dzimwewo mhosva. Hurumende inofanira kuita wongororo dzehuwori hwemutowo uyu.
    Vose varikupiwa mari idzi vasina kodzero vosungwa uye vodzorera mari kuHurumende. REVET VANHU AVA.

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