Independent Norton MP Temba Mliswa has accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s regime of allowing a certain tribe aligned to him of embarking on illegal activities taking advantage of their closeness to the president.
Mliswa on Wednesday moved a motion in parliament to have a privileges committee established to investigate allegations that some lawmakers from the Makaranga speaking tribe where doing corrupt activities and doing so because they belong to a tribe that Mnangagwa hails from.
“Mr. Speaker Sir, I want to bring to your attention that there were Members of Parliament – I was then Chairperson of the Mines and Mining Development Committee who travelled to South Africa. In travelling to South Africa, they violated Section 23 (1 and 2) of the Standing Order Rules, equally, they violated 47 (1 and 2), I do not know if I should read that out to you. Certainly, there was no authority from you as Speaker to give them that go ahead, neither did they seek leave in that regard. That is in violation of these rules. Furthermore there were a number of them who – I must say it was actually more tribal than parliamentary. Out of the Members that travelled eight were Karanga – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] No, I want to talk about the region as Karanga as Masvingo-Midlands. They were mainly from Masvingo and Midlands areas. What I am trying to bring to your attention is that this parliament cannot be tribal,” Mliswa said
“It is permeating through various ways. We have a Chief Whip who is also Karanga. We have many other positions in this parliament which are taken over by the Karanga people, I am a Karanga myself – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] – I say so with shame because it then affects the office of the President himself who is Karanga – but we are an institution where we govern ourselves. So, out of all those Members who travelled, eight were Karangas and two were not. The Committee on Standing Orders Rules then made a decision; first of all who funded that trip to South Africa? There must be proof if the Hon. Members paid for the trip themselves”.
The MP alleged that the lawmakers indulged in corrupt activities on this trip to SA and also bribed the Zanu PF chief whip, Pupurai Togarepi to allow one of them to take over the committee chairmanship from Mliswa.
“I am equally informed that even the chief whip was also given some money for him to have that position. We have to look into the aspect of accountability and corruption itself in this House. As a result I move Mr. Speaker that a Privileges Committee be set up to investigate the violation of Standing Orders 23 (1 and 2) and 47 – We cannot have a situation where Members of this Committee who belong to the ruling party come to you and say sorry; I have no one representing me, I cannot say sorry. So, let the rules of this parliament govern this parliament. Mr. Speaker, Sir, I seconded you as a Speaker because I believe you stand by the rules. Thank you very much Sir,” Mliswa said.
In response, the speaker of the national assembly Jacob Mudenda said he will look into the matter and make a decision thereof.
“I have taken note of Hon. Mliswa’s argument and motion. I will need time to go through it and make a ruling in due course. Thank you”.