‘MDC MPs’ passports snub a publicity stunt’


ZANU PF legislator Kindness Paradza (Makonde) has accused his MDC counterparts’ snub of diplomatic passports offered by President Emmerson Mnangagwa government as a cheap publicity stunt as some of them were issued with the travel document last year.

Paradza, who is also the chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Parliamentary Portfolio Committee, announced in Parliament early this month that Mnangagwa had given a nod for all parliamentarians to be issued with diplomatic passports, but MDC MPs said they would not accept the offer.

The Makonde MP told NewsDay yesterday that it was unfair for the opposition leadership to deny other MPs passports yet they were beneficiaries of Mnangagwa’s

“Yes, it’s very true. He (MDC secretary-general Charlton Hwende) is a holder of a diplomatic passport. Not only him, but they are many. Hwende is denouncing
the issuance of diplomatic passports to his fellow MPs, yet he is a holder of a diplomatic passport which he was issued by the same President. Actually, the
same passport assisted him to get temporary refuge in Namibia after the January disturbances,” he said.

“(Other MPs who have diplomatic passports include) Dorcas Sibanda, Tendai Biti, Prosper Mutseyami, Paurina Mpariwa, Daniel Molokele, Concilia Chinanzvavana,
Prince Sibanda, Anele Ndebele, Willis Madzimure, Gabbuza Gabuza, Murisi Zwizwai, Tapiwa Mashakada, Jasmine Tofa and Ruth Labode. They were given these
passports last year, now they want to pretend to be holier than thou.”

Some of the MPs named MPs confirmed to NewsDay yesterday that they received the diplomatic passports.

Paradza said the issue of diplomatic passports was already fanning tensions among the opposition MPs.

“This is hypocrisy of the highest order. Hwende is just grandstanding. Most of the ordinary MDC MPs are against Hwende. A lot of them have been flocking to
get these diplomatic passports since the announcement,” he said.

But Hwende yesterday said they had resolved as a party not to accept the privilege offered by Mnangagwa considering that many Zimbabweans were currently not being issued passports by the Registrar-General (RG) due to shortages of passport paper and printing machine problems.

“The party position is clear, as a party, we must always put the people first. This is non-negotiable. There is a current shortage of printing materials used
to produce passports that has resulted in many Zimbabweans failing to access specialists treatment abroad, others have failed to go to school. The party
position is based on this reality should the situation in future improves and Zimbabweans who want passports can access them without any hindrance then those
MPs who want passports can then access them,” he said.

Most Zimbabweans are struggling to get the travel document with 340 000 applicants reportedly on the waiting list.

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  1. This just goes to show the extent of deception by these MDC charlatans. On one hand, they claim they do not recognise President Mnangagwa for selfish political reasons. On the other hand, when it comes to matters of their welfare, they gleefully accept Govt freebies. How deceptive. And some stupid MDC activist follows blindly.

    1. Mnangagwa is not the Government of Zimbabwe you maggot. In this day and age you still support Ediot?

      Offers that come from the gvt should be accepted because the gvt is funded by the people of Zimbabwe. Haisi mari yake Mnangagwa

      1. Can’t you just address his point without insulting him? Whomever he chooses to support or not should not be cause for insults. Have a nice day. Don’t carry too many issues on your shoulders. Especially for politicians who don’t care about you or would even come to your funeral?

        1. Mercye, and these foul-mouthed MDC fanatics claim ‘God is in it’. They totally lack maturity.

  2. According to your shallow understanding these so called gvt freebies come from Garwe’s pocket?

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