Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter
Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday defended the distribution of agricultural equipment by First Lady, Amai Grace Mugabe saying there was nothing amiss in what she was doing.
He was responding to questions from legislators during question time who also wanted to know why the implements were being delivered at political rallies.
“The First Lady has a right to deliver the equipment. She is a First Lady of those from this side (MDC-T) as well as from that side (zanu-pf). It is not the rally that gets the equipment but it is the people. I am sure this response will pacify most of you,” said VP Mnangagwa.
He said some renowned MDC-T activists were some of the people who were beneficiaries in the provinces that the First Lady had gone to.
Zengeza West MP Mr Simon Chidhakwa (MDC-T) had asked if other political party members would benefit as well.
Responding to another question, VP Mnangagwa said Government would leave no stone unturned in the quest to establish the whereabouts of journalist turned MDC-T activist Itai Dzamara.
Bulawayo Proportionate Representative MP Ms Thokozani Khupe (MDC-T) wanted an update arguing that it was one year after his disappearance.
“Let me assure the House that concern is not only being felt by the family but by every reasonable person in Zimbabwe,” said VP Mnangagwa.
Health and Child Care Deputy Minister Dr Aldrin Musiiwa said Government would not suspend training of nurses because it would be difficult to resuscitate the programme.
He was responding to a question from Bulawayo Proportionate Representative MP Dr Ruth Labode (MDC-T) on why they continued to train nurses when they were not employing them.
Dr Labode argued that allowing newly-qualified nurses to go unemployed would render them redundant.
“It is difficult to restart the programme. The critical training staff will be deployed, tutors and so on. When we suspend training, it means the schools would be closed,” said Dr Musiiwa.
Buhera South MP Cde Joseph Chinotimba (zanu-pf) asked why Government was not considering exporting the nurses instead of keeping them when there was no employment.
Dr Musiiwa said they had already conceived such a programme and it was being pursued.
Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi said the deployment of soldiers to Equatorial Guinea for the African Cup of Nations finals two years ago did not warrant informing Parliament as envisaged by the Constitution.
He said only deployment for purposes of a war required informing Parliament and not peacekeeping missions.
Minister Sekeramayi said there was no prejudice to human life nor to the fiscus as all costs were covered by the host government.