- Jessie Majome
Opposition Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai (MDC-T) member of parliament Jessie Majome has warned the government of president Robert Mugabe that it faces a revolt from legislators if the current infighting within cabinet continues.
Several crucial government programmes are stalled, ranging from science education and digitalizing broadcasting to indigenisation of foreign-owned firms and export of quail birds. Many projects were in a state of chaos after different cabinet ministers contradicted each other publicly.
Majome, who supported a motion for current squabbling among cabinet ministers to stop raised by MDC-T Mabvuku MP James Maridadi, said “there will be a vote of no confidence in the Government if it does not get its House in order”.
She said the infighting had damaged government programmes and was a violation of the Constitution.
“It is really sad to note that by the Executive’s failure to show consistency and to agree with each other in public; they are actually contributing to disharmony and disunity in this country. They are now a threat to the peace of the country that is required by our national objectives of peace, unity and stability. There cannot be any bigger example of instability than to see Government Ministers shouting at each other in public; in the media; on the streets; wherever it is. That does not augur well, that is not stable at all. It communicates clearly that there is trouble in the land,” said Majome, the MP for Harare West and MDC-T shadow minister for women’s affairs.
Majome issued what she said “may be called a warning or even a threat to the Executive for them to put their house in order or consequences that are created by the Constitution can actually fall upon them”.
Apparently, acting speaker of parliament and Zanu PF activist Melody Dziva attempted to stifle the debate by interrupting Majome when she started talking about the sensitive Marange diamonds.
MDC-T policy chief and Kuwadzana East MP Nelson Chamisa weighed in saying there was need for ‘policy, leadership and consistency’.
“Why consistency? Consistency are the signals that you send to investors, to those who would want to come and invest their resources in our country. Consistency is that which you even give to the citizens to believe in a Government. When you indicate left and turn right, when you blow hot and cold, you are confusing those who are supposed to be your subjects; your citizens who are supposed to be creatures of your Government,” Chamisa said before he was interrupted for lack of quorum in the National Assembly on Tuesday after most Zanu PF MPs ducked outside.
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