By Nkanyiso Ncube
MDC legislators yesterday took #Thisflag concerns to Parliament a move which did not go down well with the Zanu Pf MPs accusing the #Thisflag crusader Pastor Evan Mawarire of inciting violence seeking to destabilise the country.
This followed after two MDC MPs came to Parliament with their national flags wrapped around their necks in solidarity of the concerns raised by the man of cloth.
Zanu Pf Hurungwe East MP Sarah Mahoka accused the legislators for bringing the violence tendencies to Parliament citing that the opposition party had introduced violence and sanctions to Zimbabwe.
“If there was no MDC party, there would be no violence because they are the ones who provoke and engage in violence. Right now we have an issue of civil servants’ salaries where challenges are being experienced. This is all because of the sanctions that were called for by the President of the MDC, Mr. Morgan Tsvangirai,” she said.
Her accusations were seconded by Buhera West MP Oliver Mandipaka who asked the questioned Mps wearing the national flag if they represented Zimbabwe or Mawarire.
“We have Hon. Members of Parliament who are on the opposition who are wearing flags. Are they for Zimbabwe or for Mawarire? I seek guidance on that,” he said.
Violence accusations amongst the legislators ruled the better part of the day with both legislators citing a number of violence incidences that happened amongst themselves.
Earlier during the day, President Robert Mugabe launched an attack #ThisFlag activist referring to him as an outcast who wanted to plunge the nation into civil unrest.
“Find another environment if you are a pastor, I don’t know if he is a man of religion. A man of religion will speak the biblical truth. First Corinthians, what does it say? Love one another,” he said.
“So beware these men of God, not all of them are true preachers of the Bible. I don’t know whether they are serving God, well, we spell God, G-O-D, they spell God in reverse. You cannot urge people to resort to violence as a way of resolving issues.”
President Mugabe made the remarks during the burial of the late national hero and public service loyalist Charles Utete at the National Heroes Acre.