VP Mnangagwa raps MDC-T legislators

VP Mnangagwa

VP Mnangagwa

Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter
Vice-President Emerson Mnangagwa has rapped MDC-T legislators for continuously demanding that all Cabinet ministers attend Parliament despite there being deputy ministers and some ministers in the Chamber at all times.

In an interview last week, VP Mnangagwa said the public posturing by the opposition legislators was meant to please their handlers.

Question time in Parliament on Wednesdays has often been disrupted by MDC-T lawmakers, who launch protests over the number of ministers in the House.

But VP Mnangagwa said there was no justification for MDC-T MPs to raise those complaints or make such demands.

“Ministers are Honourable Members of Parliament and in my view are responsible persons,” he said. “Most ministers have deputies. I have no doubt that the deputies understand the policy of the ministry for which they are deputies. So, the question time is an issue of policy and not of statistics.

“Question time is about what is the policy, the direction, the vision (of a ministry). How would you have a deputy who does not know what his ministry is doing and where it intends to go? In many cases, the ministers would be engaged elsewhere, but their deputies would be there.

“But in most cases at least six or eight ministers would be in the Chamber and above all, I come. I cover (as Leader of Government Business) all ministries, it does not matter which one, in terms of policy; I would be able to answer.”

VP Mnangagwa said the tendency to blame Government ministers was in most cases unfair.

“It is the opposition (which does that) but that is their duty; I do not blame them, that is their duty to criticise,” he said. “If there are no ministers, they can make the noise and it passes, because their constituency must know that they are talking, so they must talk, but there have been no questions that have gone unanswered.”

On his part, VP Mnangagwa said he reminded ministers during Cabinet meetings every Tuesday of the need to attend Parliament the following day.

“Every Tuesday I remind my colleagues in Cabinet that the next day, Wednesday, there will be question time, so most minsters who are able to come will do so, but those who are committed elsewhere will make sure that their deputies are there,” he said.

“But you find that members of the opposition may not want deputy ministers to answer, they want the particular minister to answer. This is democracy, they are allowed to make noise.”

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  • Mister Arcadia PhD.

    The hardworking ministers overseeing,transport,building of roads,welcoming investors,implementing great policies,ensuring hospitals are well stocked and staffed should be excused,you are right,Ngwena.Our ministers are doing a tremendous job,hence they are too busy to attend nonsensical question times in parliament.The economy is booming due to the hard work you and our dear leader and entire ZANU PF party are doing.
    Thank you for making Zimbabwe a beacon in Africa.

  • Mhesvamukono

    VP Mnangagwa is delusional if he assumes incompetent deputies sent as seat fillers to replace lazy Cabinet Ministers at question times, are fully conversant and knowledgeable about flip-flopping policies and contradictory positions taken by their factional Minister chefs. Besides, ALL legislators and not just opposition MPs, have a sacred constitutional role to represent their voting public and the interests of the nation to the best of their abilities, by helping to assure accountability and transparency of Government offices. Unlike the majority of Zanu-PF MPs, expected and seen to act as silent and submissive rubber stamps eager to please their party whips and masters.
    As proven many times during questions raised by legislators, ministerial subordinates are frequently clueless about motives and decisions taken by Ministers, turning up with incomplete and empty dossiers bereft of facts, and dare not reply for fear of contradicting their chefs without further repeated time-wasting referral back to ministers. The same applies to Ministers, too afraid of being countermanded following some sudden populist whim of that “one center of power”, who has himself dismally failed principles of good governance for 37 long and fruitless years, allowing a de facto state of chaos and endemic corruption become the norm at all levels of Zanu-PF imposed governance, leading to the ruin of the nation!

  • zimbotry

    How can they be in doing their jobs when they have to go backwards and forwards to the airport as a cheering squad for our President every time he travels.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Cabinet ministers share policy and other issues with their ministries .Their deputies can articulate government issues. They don`t have to sit in Cabinet to be conversant with government issues. Your stooge sentiments are not relevant in matters gubernatorial!

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    I totally dont buy your nostalgia for Zimbabwe-Rhodesia. I am not prepared to debate that with you , a remnant of Pfumo Revanhu cadres of Muzorewa! Your attempt to compare apples with oranges stands you on your head! Our country will never go back to the name that glorifies Rhodesia as its surname. Nehanda forbid!

    • Vhomoto

      Usanzvenga debate. The famed ethanol fuel was developed during the Rhodesia sanctions. Ko yenyu Jathrofa yakaenda kupi.

  • Vhomoto

    It only goes to show how decayed your morals are. How can you mock a fellow human being of their ailment. Of course it is typical of you and your lot, no regard for human life. Muchamama chete Judgement day.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    You are not saying why Khupe and Tsvangison cant get the same treatment at West End Clinic , in principle, why? Is it a requirement that all ill people declare their causes for their illness to the public , legally or constitutionally, you idiot?

    • Vhomoto

      If you are a public figure yes, more so a Head of State as it affects the stability of the country. Look at what happened in Nigeria when Buhari was in England for more than a month. The Stock Exchange crashed but there was an equally competent Vice President but that uncertainty did the damage. Be widely read to present a competent argument kwete kungotuka vamwe zvaunoita izvi

      • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

        I am well read on issues outside Zimbabwe. Many Presidents in Africa seek treatment outside Africa or Nigeria/Lagos for Buhari, but their nationals dont mock their leaders because of that, neither do all these leaders hold press conferences to declare the nature of their illnesses before they drive, walk or fly , as you suggest. You are contradicting yourself here. Remember other countries in Africa also have economic problems different from ours .They suffer also from corrupt politicians , but they have no sanctions imposed by the West on them to further worsen the economic issues like Zim case. The stock markets can react and stabilize, after discounting the speculation. Not a big deal. Even further abroad, the US/UK stock markets discounted the Trump/Brexit factors. So what?

  • nelson moyo

    Comrade Mnangagwa – always raising a finger and threatening people – the reason for his nick name ‘the crocodile’

    • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

      Only those wayward feel threatened by his fatherly finger !

  • Madara

    because they arent.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Only sworn Cabinet Ministers, not deputies, can act !MDCT former GNU ministers know that during their tenure, their deputies never came to be acting ministers during their absence. So MDCT has a lame point indeed! Kana vachida zvavo ngavatange vahwinha and form their MDCT government and change the rules. Unfortunately they are condemned by the electorate as opposition lot.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Smith survived because sanctions quietly collapsed when he misled the West that he was fighting communist terrorists. You are ignorant of what was on the ground in respect of the UN imposed sanctions. Current sanctions on Zim are illegal , not via UN Sec Council. Please educate yourself before you pollute this debate, you wiseacre!

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Markets can swing for political or non political reasons . I said “so what “because it happens even in UK/US as I gave you an example of Trump/Brexit! In SA the market reacted to Zuma whatever, but that wont stop radical reforms to empower blacks and move the majority a step beyond just the ballot box every five years as limited democracy ,you idiot. I majored in Monetary Economics at London School of Economics and need no lecture from you on the topic of Stock markets.

  • ivhukuvanhu chete, chete

    Development holding under sanctions include but not limited to our RBZ Bank or Treasury being denied Balance of Payment support, our financial institutions, e.g ZB Bank, Agribank, Barclays, Standard chartered bank are under economic embargo, Zimbabwe Fertilizer COmpany.

    The said institutions are development pillars; if unsanctioned!

    Your deliberate ignorance is understandable especially as l suspect that either your parents or you yourself are a ‘CHIMBWASUNGATA” AND A REMNANT OF Muzorewa’s UANC AND also a member of the Quisling Mdc-t puppet party.

    You clearly yearn for neo-colonialism and neo-imperialism.

    • succuba

      Development holding under sanctions include but not limited to our RBZ Bank or Treasury being denied Balance of Payment support, our financial institutions, e.g ZB Bank, Agribank, Barclays, Standard chartered bank are under economic embargo, Zimbabwe Fertilizer COmpany.

      RBZ Bank, Agribank, Barclays Bank & Standard Charter Bank or any fertilizer company are NOT on any sanctions list…. You are telling lies here

      The said institutions are development pillars; if unsanctioned! .

      They are “unsanctioned”… you are telling lies here

      Your deliberate ignorance is understandable especially as l suspect that either your parents or you yourself are a ‘CHIMBWASUNGATA” AND A REMNANT OF Muzorewa’s UANC AND also a member of the Quisling Mdc-t puppet party.
      You clearly yearn for neo-colonialism and neo-imperialism. .

      You know nothing of me, why pretend you do?

  • hello fakey prof poof

    fakey prof writes and comes across as a bit of a retard! maybe a disgruntled pooftah he is?

  • eliah

    Pse VP haikono kupedzera hasha dzekutadza kubvisa Tyson paneMDC legislators.

  • zimbotry

    Because its not necessary. It achieves NOTHING. Its not expected.

  • cde chaurura

    Yes you may answer questions on some ministries Chikara, but I think if you respond to a question on Education, someone will be busy twittering again, day and night, reapeatedly using the same words ……”successionist, tribalist….bla bla”.

  • mandevu

    yawn! I think your next crop is ready for harvesting