Political slogans common in Parly

POLITICAL party slogans have become the order of the day in the House of Assembly as politics continue to divide the house and stall progress.

Another thing that has become apparent is that parliamentarians have failed to take Parliament seriously, spending time making noise, banging benches, jeering and cheering.

Most of the time is spend with the Speaker of the House and his assistants trying to bring the house to order as they make noise.

To a bystander, Parliament might as well be like a playground for the politicians.

“Order, Order! Honourable members,” National Assembly speaker, Jacob Mudenda, could be heard saying.

“Order order, can we have serious points of order. You are provoking the Speaker.”

In April, Parliament failed to sit for the usual question and answer time in the afternoon, as most parliamentarians were attending funerals that had ended before 2pm.

Last week, Zanu PF Member of Parliament and Finance minister got cheers from his Zanu PF in Parliament after he recited the party slogan in the house.

“If I were at a Zanu PF rally I will say ‘Pamberi nekunzwisisa, vasingazive ngavadzidziswe’ — (Honourable members: Hear, hear.) First I want to underscore the point that the fiscal and monetary policies work very closely together, we work hand in hand,” said Chinamasa, as quoted by the Hansard.

He was responding to questions from MDC MP for Nelson Chamisa, who was asking on the legality of the $200 million loan from Afrexim bank, which is supporting the looming bond notes.

After Chinamsa’s slogan, MDC MP for Mabvuku stood up and in the same way as Chinamsa had done made his party’s slogan.

“If it were at an MDC rally we would say….” he said as his voice drowned by the noise of other legislators.

The lack of seriousness in the house has also been noted by the absence and lack of participation by other members.

There are Members of Parliament who do not even attend sittings yet tax-payers pay their weekly stay at hotels in the capital.

Then there are others who get in Parliament and become by-standers, who walk in the house, and sit by the corner and wait to walk out as the rest get out.

By the time Parliament adjourns the house will almost be empty as most would have walked out just after questions without notice. —Bridget Mananavire

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