MDC Senators in trouble for not walking out on Mnangagwa

SEVENTEEN MDC Senators will face disciplinary action after they failed to walk out on President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Wednesday  State of the Nation Address (SONA).

The Senators, among them Douglas Mwonzora and Elias Mudzuri, are said to have defied a party directive compelling them to walk out of the  Senators’ Chamber as Mnangagwa delivered his speech.

Speaking to Zim Morning Post, Mwonzora said they had not been informed of the directive prior to the seating, with someone only coming to the Chamber ten minutes after commencement of the SONA to tell them that Parliament had walked out and that they should follow suit.

“I seat in the Senate and not the National Assembly. We had not been told that we should walk out of the address. After we had been informed, that’s when we walked out together with other MDC Senators,” Mwonzora said.

He added he did not defy the directive order, as it was not clearly communicated to them.

Asked if he had talked to MDC president Nelson Chamisa over the issue, Mwonzora said: “What you see in the social media is coming from people who are addicted to fighting me for no apparent reason. I have not talked to Mr Chamisa over the issue and am sure he is not concerned with that issue at all.”

The former  MDC secretary general said if Chamisa wanted clarification on the issue, he would have contacted him to register his displeasure.

Mwonzora also said there was no reason the party should squabble over petty issues when there were other important matters to attend to.

“This is not the time to have internal fights in the party, and I don’t know why my colleagues in the MDC are concerned with Senators not walking out.”

Mwonzora appeared disturbed at the tendency by fellow MDC colleagues to blow things out of proportion: “My fellow colleagues should concentrate on things that build the party and not destroy it. We are losing by-elections, but someone is busy thinking about what Mwonzora is doing.

“Just two weeks ago, they were breathing fire after I went to Europe on Parliament business. They said I had gone there to advocate for the removal of sanctions.”

Mwonzora questioned the logic behind his going to Europe to petition that sanctions by the European Union be removed since the restrictions were now no longer in existence.

MDC MPs and Senators walked out of the SONA this Tuesday in protest over the legitimacy of Mnangagwa’s presidency.

Chamisa and the MDC still maintain that the 2018 presidential election was rigged in favour of the incumbent.