MPs reducing Second Republic into one big circus

THE animosity between the two political adversaries, the ruling Zanu PF party and the opposition MDC, who have perpetually been trading barbs in Parliament, has now degenerated into a farce and turned both the august House and the so called Second Republic into one big circus.

NewsDay Comment

The MDC is steadfastly refusing to recognise Emmerson Mnangawa as the country’s President owing to the disputed July 2018 general elections results. Despite the opposition having lost at the Constitutional Court the challenge on Mnangagwa’s rule, they keep insisting on not recognising his authority by boycotting his addresses to Parliament.

Zanu PF has been fighting back through the Speaker of Parliament, who has suspended for five months the opposition MPs’ allowances and has also denied them the right to ask ministers any questions since the opposition MPs do not recognise the person who appointed the ministers. And most recently Zanu PF MPs boycotted Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee sitting chaired by MDC vice president Tendai Biti.

It allows Zanu PF to escape accountability at a time when its greed, corruption and thievery needs to be laid bare. The stakes are high, but not at the cost of accounting for hard-earned public funds.

While the Zanu PF MPs have the democratic right to retaliate in this manner in support of their leader, the political conflict between the two antagonists is reducing Parliament business into a waste of time and resources.

It means the issue of the US$3 billion which was spent on Command Agriculture without Parliament’s approval might as well be dead in the water, to the detriment of the southern African nation’s economy and all its future prospects of becoming middle income by 2030. What has all this ruckus to do with the people? What is it in for the general long-suffering Zimbabweans? Absolutely nothing; except to brew more misery for them.

As people of old once advised: “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind,” this is increasingly becoming true for Zimbabwe where the MPs from both parties are more than ready to poke each other in the eye at every opportune moment.

This could probably be the saddest period of Zimbabwe’s political life this decade as the politicians remain determined to score cheap political scores at the expense of the well-being of the nation at large. The tomfoolery in the ninth Parliament is reducing the Second Republic into one very big circus. This whole useless drama is worsening our socio-economic situation as a country.

It’s a worthless sideshow that will condemn its citizens to unending penury and hatred for each other along political lines because there is no solution at all to the two parties’ relentless and spirited acrimonies.

To borrow from the famous novel Cry the beloved country: “I have one great fear in my heart, that one day when they are turned to loving, they will find we are turned to hating.”

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  1. Janana Bikaz Bikela

    If a son in law is a politician,does that also qualify the mother in law to be a politician?We are a country run by chancers.Anyone who has an influential relative in high echelons of power automatically becomes an mp,councillor and so forth.No wonder why we are in such a shit hole!Asi nerimwe ramazuva muchamhanya zvenyu

  2. I am absolutely gobsmacked that there is not one comment to this factual article !


  4. mukovhe wa tshilidzi

    this is a masterpiece!!!

    1. I dont understand: The MDC -Alliance party observers signed the V11 Forms that the elction was free and fair and it was only after their party lost that they are refusing ! Suppose they had won . . . .” Would they have cried elections were unfair/ Give us the V11 fORMS they SIGNED THAT THE VOTING WAS NOT FREE OR FAIR!! Or Give them to the US or UK – AS THESE ARE YOUR MASTERS!

  5. A good piece of reporting. however, it is ironic that because Zanu PF has retaliated, thats why this report has come out otherwise if it was MDC still doing their boycotting, such a report would never have been written. Now it hurts your egos and your statement for of ‘eye for an eye’ is revealing. You wanted Zanu PF’s eye to be poked continually without them retaliating? Sorry hako shamwari

  6. The day you guys start highlighting and reporting issues that are really killing and giving Zimbabwe a bad image such as sanctions, corruption, grand standing politics, then you will really begin to show real love for this country. Lets say no to any moves that are to the detriment of Zimbabwe irregardless of who, which party has done it. Why were you silent on the politics of boycotting?

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