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Zhuwao and company in contempt of Parliament
July 20, 2009
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The First All
Stakeholders Constitutional Conference was organized and run by
the Select Committee of Parliament created by the 19th amendment
to the Zimbabwean Constitution and the GPA. The fact that the meeting
was attended by other delegates who are not themselves MPs does
not detract from the fact that the meeting was a Parliamentary meeting
instead, in addition, it must be noted that the registration and
accreditation of the first day was meant to ensure that those who
attended it did so exclusively at the invitation and pleasure of
Parliament. It cannot then be denied that the All Stakeholder Conference
was Parliamentary business.
in his 30 minute moment of madness dishonourably disrupted a Parliamentary
meeting. Even more sadly he did so in violent fashion, disrespecting
the Speaker midway his opening speech, disrespecting the President
of the Senate who deputizes the Speaker in the Standing Orders and
Rules Committee, the several cabinet Ministers present, his fellow
Hon MPs, therefore disrespecting Parliament itself by bringing its
honour into serious disrepute. More importantly, he disrespected
the inclusive government and its leaders by his divisive actions.
Most importantly he created a negative image of the nation in the
eyes of our fellow African brothers who have insisted to the rest
of the world that we can amicably solve our problems in house. He
should have taken his opposition to the Constitution making process
up with the Principals who prescribed it in the GPA.
Hon Zhuwao led
his comrades in a preconceived and likely rehearsed unlawful and
disgraceful conduct which his uncle has labeled "this nonsense"
to disrupt the conference with a possible intention of bringing
it to a premature end. It is not a coincidence that they sang "Zvikaramba
tinoita zvaJune . . . " (if we fail to stop this conference
we go back to our murderous tortuous rape and arson tactics of June
2008). These thugs were seated in the same bay and walked in a wedding
kind step, in pairs towards the middle of the room past Hon Mohadi,
Munangagwa and Made. It is stupidity of the worst kind to suppose
that more than fifty people spontaneously decided to sit together,
sing the same song at the same time and march in pairs towards the
same destination arguably with the same intention. The video footage
available points to the fact that someone gave the instruction and
pulled the strings. Gestures by Hon Zhuwao and the encouragement
given by Hon Kasukuwere, their relationship and their very positions
of leadership make it almost a given that they together masterminded
the unlawful activities of that day. The two MPs are also party
to the Jonathan Moyo court proceedings against the Speaker having
supplied supporting affidavits claiming that they had witnessed
MDC MPs brandishing their ballots. It is not difficult therefore
to see why the Speaker was their primary target after the Moyo case
collapsed to the ground at the High Court a week prior.
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