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Roundup Bulletin No. 23 - 2012
Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust
June 06, 2012
The House of
Assembly resumed its sitting yesterday after a week-long break.
Debate on violence dominated the proceedings of the House yesterday,
in particular the murder
of MDC-T official, Cephas Magura, in Mudzi District, Mashonaland
Hon. Paddy Zhanda
(ZANU PF Goromonzi North) gave notice of motion on alleged shady
deals by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) officials.
PROCEEDINGS IN THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
on the Presidential Speech
House of Assembly
Members took advantage of the motion on the Presidential Speech
to debate the resurgence of violence in the country, especially
the recent disturbances in Mudzi District where an MDC-T official
was allegedly murdered by ZANU PF supporters in a politically motivated
incident. Members across the political divide noted that President
Mugabe in his Speech when he officially opened the 4th Session of
the 7th Parliament
denounced the scourge of violence in the country and appealed to
MPs to lead by example. In his own words the President said, “I
… wish to urge you as Members of Parliament and leaders in
your own right, to preach the message of national healing and reconciliation
amongst our people. Let us, therefore, in unison, say NO! to violence
in all its manifestations”.
statement by President Mugabe was a rallying point for all Members
that debated the motion yesterday. Members lamented the fact that
the message of peace being preached by national leaders at various
fora was apparently not cascading to the lower strata of society.
The Organ on National Healing, Integration and Reconciliation came
under criticism for dereliction of duty as its activities were said
to be very thin on the ground.
to the Mudzi incident, Members expressed shock and disappointment
that two of their colleagues, namely, Hon. Newten Kachepa (ZANU
PF Mudzi North) and Aquilinah Katsande (ZANU PF Mudzi West) were
allegedly involved in the murder of Cephas Magura, the MDC-T District
Chairman. MDC Members wondered why the two members have not been
picked up by the police. They cited this as one example of the selective
application of the law, as they argued that had it been MDC MPs
involved the police would have moved swiftly to arrest them. They
also criticized the police for not protecting their supporters as
the incident happened right under the nose of the police who were
covering the rally.
MDC MPs also
noted that there have been no meaningful efforts to uproot the culture
of violence in the country as perpetrators of past violence have
still not been brought to book. They cited the 2008 Presidential
Runoff Elections and the Gukurahundi atrocities in Matabeleland
and Midlands Provinces in the early 80s where innocent civilians
lost their lives as a result of state-sponsored violence. They urged
government to be ruthless with perpetrators of violence so as to
send the right message to would-be offenders.
ZANU PF Members
said their party did not condone violence hence their members who
are implicated in violence crimes should face the full wrath of
the law as individuals and should not seek protection from the party.
interest to note regarding yesterday’s debate was a keen interest
to take part in the debate by MPs who were exposed by NEWSDAY for
not having debated in the House since the inauguration of the 7th
Parliament in August 2008.
OF MOTION ON ALLEGED SHADY OPERATIONS OF RBZ
Zhanda gave notice yesterday that he will move a motion in the House
today on what he called, “high levels of corruption, shady
deals, acts of economic sabotage and lack of corporate governance
principles at the RBZ”. His motion calls for the establishment
of an ad hoc parliamentary committee to investigate all the allegations
leveled against the RBZ.
The motion will
be debated today soon after the question and answer session and
SAPST will closely monitor the events.
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