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  • Motion to condemn clean-up thrown out
    The Herald (Zimbabwe)
    June 13, 2005

    PARLIAMENT yesterday threw out a motion seeking to condemn the Government for conducting the clean-up operation which the State embarked upon to rid cities and towns of criminal activities and restore them to their former status.

    The House had to be divided over the issue with 54 Zanu-PF lawmakers voting against the adoption of the motion while 33 opposition MDC legislators voted for its adoption.

    The motion that was moved by Dzivarasekwa Member of Parliament Mr Edwin Mushoriwa (MDC) generated heated debate.

    It also sought to call upon the Government to immediately stop the clean-up operation, which has now moved into low density suburbs.

    The clean-up, initiated by the Government at the end of May, has seen unauthorised structures in high-density suburbs being demolished.

    Illegally constructed home industries were not spared either.

    However, work to construct such facilities and houses in designated places is currently underway.

    Government is undertaking a massive housing project with a view to accommodating people who have been affected by the clean-up operation so far.

    At least 9 958 residential stands were allocated at Whitecliff Farm alone.

    Meanwhile, MDC MP for Glen Norah Ms Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga was yesterday ejected from the House by Speaker of Parliament Cde John Nkomo for disobeying orders.

    The opposition lawmaker was thrown out of the chamber when she interjected suggesting that there was "only one man in the House" while referring to Cde Nkomo implying that the rest were women.

    The Speaker had called for order when several MPs were making noise while Nkayi MP Mr Abedinico Bhebhe (MDC) was seconding a motion moved by Harare East MP Mr Tendai Biti (MDC) calling upon the Government to address the shortage of drugs and fuel.

    Cde Nkomo said there was only one man in the chair who was directing debate in the House to which Ms Misihairabwi interjected saying "there is only one man in the House."

    Earlier on, Cde Nkomo had advised MPs to desist from the habit of making unwarranted interjections.

    The Speaker on Monday called upon parliamentarians to take the business of the House seriously, saying the electorate expected them to address issues of national importance and not to spend time bickering on petty issues.

    Cde Nkomo said this in a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy Speaker Cde Edna Madzongwe at the official opening of a two-day induction workshop for the lawmakers.

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