By Staff Reporter
Parliament was today (Thursday 19 October) forced into early adjournment after legislators went into protesting mode over unpaid allowances and promised Ipads, prompting for Zanu-PF Chief-whip in parliament Lovemore Matuke to call for adjournment of the House.
The protest started when Deputy Speaker of Parliament Marble Chinomona had announced that all legislators were obliged to attend the 2018 pre-budgetary seminar scheduled for Pandhari Lodge starting tomorrow (20 October).
Norton Legislator Temba Mliswa objected to the dates of the seminar suggesting that it be postponed to a later date as some MPs are out of town with committees.
“Madam Speaker why can’t the seminar be pushed forward to a later date since other MPs are not around, this is a crucial budget meeting which needs the input of everyone”, said Mliswa.
Speaking on the same issue, Musikavanhu legislator Prosper Mutsetami weighed in saying the budget meeting was of no importance because parliament had not fulfilled its promises for last year.
“We are going to another pre-budgetary seminar without the promises of yesteryear having been fulfilled, last year we went to Christmas without our iPads which you had promised. We are crying Madam Speaker for the welfare of parliamentarians”, said Mutseyami.
In her response, Chinomona said the administration was looking into it,”The issue of iPads and everything I think the administrator is looking into it”.
Zvishavane Ngezi legislator John Holder said parliamentarians were now under-siege from the Deputy Speaker who is preventing legislators from debating on their welfare issues in the house.
“We don’t have to sweep issues under the carpet, we have not received our CDF (Constituency Development Fund) and our allowances”, Honourable Holder said.
Self-styled Buhera South legislator Joseph Chinotimba advised the Deputy Speaker that she was now interfering with matters beyond her jurisdiction and asked her to call the Clerk of Parliament instead.
Mliswa questioned the integrity of the Speaker of Parliament Advocate Jacob Mudenda saying what manner of a father was he who could go for a feast while the children were suffering back home.
“Speaker of Parliament and President of the Senate are on holiday enjoying their allowances, how can a father be eating when the children are suffering, MPs are suffering selling fuel on the black market to survive”, Mliswa charged.
Chinomona assured the parliamentarians saying all their concerns were being looked into.