…As an MP is allegedly sexual assaulted and another chased from Parliament
By Nyasha N Mukapiko
Business in the August house was brought to a stand still on Wednesday afternoon after MDC-T Budiriro Member of Parliament (MP) Costa Machingauta came in for the sitting wearing the jacket of many colours, now popularly referred to as #ThisBhachi by the online community.
Chaos in the house started after Zanu PF legislators for Zvishavane-Ngezi John Holder raised a motion saying according to standing rules number 76 of the parliament parliamentarians were supposed to come in properly dressed referring to Machingauta.
Deputy speaker of parliament Marble Chinomona is then said to have ordered the Budiriro MP to leave the house so he can dress well.
Machingauta refused to take the deputy speakers’ order as his fellow party members argued that he was properly dressed.
This angered Chinomona who then called the Sergeant at Arms, Nicholas Marufu at parliament to eject Machingauta from the August house; this worsened the situation, triggered pandemonium and drama in the National Assembly.
According to videos circulating on social media, MDC-T legislators are seen tussling with police in a bid to stop the ejection of Machingauta out of parly. The struggle lasted thirty minutes long before Machingauta was carried out of the house.
During the incident two female MDC-T legislators claimed that they were sexually harassed as they tried to block seizure of their other party member.
MP Susan Matsunga wept uncontrollably as she addressed the house claiming that some male police officers had fondled her breast. Instead of sympathizing with her some Zanu-PF MPs could be seen booing her.
Chinomona told the house that since there were cameras in the house recording they were going to play back the footage to ascertain her allegations.
“Honourable member I hear you well but since there were some cameras in the house we will play back the footage to establish what transpired”, Chinomona said.
Machingauta was later released after MDC-T legislators left the house in protest of his whereabouts.
Early this month Mutasa central MP Trevor Saruvaka was blocked from attending the official opening of Fourth Session of the Eighth Parliament when he appeared for the event wearing a similar jacket. Though he tried to explain himself, security at Parliament reception could not allow him in.
Last week in an interview, Saruvaka said there was nothing wrong for him to wear the jacket as it resembled his Rastafarian religion.
Meanwhile as the parliament drama was unfolding, a #Tajamuka member, Silvanos Mudzvova was staging a solo demo outside the Parliament Building. Mudzvova was in leg irons, his hands chained and draped in prison regalia portraying a negative image of how activists are being ill-treated for speaking their mind which against the Government and the ruling party Zanu Pf.