CCC MPs take Mudenda to task


HON. CHIBAYA: On a point of clarification.

THE HON. SPEAKER: There is nothing to be clarified – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –

HON.  CHIBAYA: On a point of clarification Hon. Speaker.  I want to put the record straight that as CCC leadership, we have not recalled anyone. -[HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections]-.

THE HON. SPEAKER:  Order, order, do you want to hear him or not?  So keep quiet.

HON.  CHIBAYA:  Hon. Speaker, I want to put it on record that as CCC, we did not recall any Member of Parliament.  As CCC, we do not have that position of Secretary-General.  Hon. Speaker, we wrote a letter to you on 11th September notifying you that all correspondence comes through the office of our president, Advocate Chamisa.  Hon. Speaker, after seeing those recalls on social media, we wrote another letter again to your office, explaining that as CCC, we do not have that position of Secretary-General.  Hon. Speaker, I do not think it is proper to action or even rule in favour of Tshabangu.  Hon. Speaker, it is not proper to only read the letter from Tshabangu and ignore the letter we left at your office.  Hon. Speaker, I do not think that if anyone wrote a letter purporting to be ZANU-PF secretary-general, you are going to effect that letter. – AN HON. MEMBER:  On a point of order…. -[HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections]-

THE HON. SPEAKER:  Order, order, order.  When a Member raises a point of order, that Member is allowed to raise the point of order.  That does not mean you have been curtailed, but I want you to wind up.  Hon. Member, what is your point of order?

AN HON. MEMBER:  Hon. Speaker, my point of order is that we are not here to discuss political party structures.

HON. CHIBAYA:  Hon. Speaker, I am aware that Parliament is going through the induction process, so she is still learning.

THE HON. SPEAKER: Order, in other words, you are saying my ruling to call her to make her point is wrong?  Withdraw that statement.

HON. CHIBAYA:  Hon. Speaker, I am actually supporting your ruling, but it is okay, I withdraw my statement.  In terms of Section 129 of the Constitution, only a party which sponsored Hon. Members to come to this august House has the right to recall its members.  However, in this case, Tshabangu is not a member of our party CCC nor is he our Secretary-General, a post that does not exist in our party.  Therefore, Hon. Speaker, as CCC and as Organiser of CCC, I said earlier on that we did not recall any member. We do not know which party Tshabangu belongs to, but our Members will remain in this august House because we did not recall them from being Members of our party.  Unless Hon. Speaker you want to collapse Parliament and even Government itself, because we cannot allow a situation whereby a person who is not a Member of our party can recall our Members.  – [HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear.] – It must not be political. This is Parliament and not ZANU PF Headquarters – [HON. MEMBERS: Yes!] – Hon. Speaker, I withdraw the last part of my statement – [HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear.] – I stand with my submission that as CCC, we did not recall anyone from this august House. I thank you.

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