Joanah Mamombe complains about sexual abuse by fellow MP but Chinotimba asks why Parliament should listen to someone who is mad


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In the Hansard of 4th December 2019, Hon. Toffa brought to your attention another matter of sexual harassment by the same male Member of Parliament.  Again, the Chair noted the matter and promised to look into this.  Madam Speaker Maam, yourself being a female Hon. Member, I expect you to also act on these issues.  This Member of Parliament is the one from Mberengwa North Hon. Tafanana Zhou.  The abuse cannot be tolerated any further.  Madam Speaker, if you look at these two matters, my name as Joana Mamombe was cited as a victim of abuse in these two matters that I have told you about.

On the 29th October 2020, Hon. Zhou raised in this House that I should be recalled from Parliament due my mental illness.  This is perpetuated abuse on my being by this Hon. Member.  While the MP enjoys his status he forgets that he is a perpetrator of sexual harassment in his province and has a case before the Bulawayo High Court.  Madam Speaker Ma’am, my prayer today is that sexual harassment against female Hon. Members must stop.  Therefore, my prayer today is that a privileges committee be set up for the two matters, one that was raised by Hon. Karenyi in 2018 and the other one that was raised by Hon. Toffa in 2019.  Let there be a Committee on Privileges that will be set up.  I thank you Madam Speaker Ma’am – [HON. MEMBERS:  Inaudible interjections.] –

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Order, Hon. Members.  Hon. Biti, order please.  Hon. Mamombe, I have heard what you said.  I am going to look into it.  Thank you.

Hon. Chinotimba having stood up on a point of order.

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER: Sorry Hon. Chinotimba, we are not allowing points of order on Wednesdays. You will raise your point of order tomorrow on Thursday – [HON. CHINOTIMBA: Madam Speaker, munoumu mapinda munhu anorwara, anopenga. Tomubvumidza kuti ngaataure-] – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] – [AN HON. MEMBER: Ngaabude panze!] – – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjection.] – Order, Hon. Members! Order! – [HON. MLISWA: Inaudible interjections.] – Order, Hon. Members! – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] – Hon. Members, please take your seats or I will order you out of the House – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –

HON. BITI: Madam Speaker, Hon. Chinotimba must withdraw his offensive statement. It is abuse to gender. We are in the week of gender-based violence and he perpetrates gender based violence. We ask for your ruling to expel that bearded man from this House for abusing this young lady. Parliament must protect women. Women must feel secure in this august House, so this man Hon. Chinotimba must be expelled from this House. Thank you.

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER having recognised Hon. Masenda  – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –

HON. T. MLISWA: Madam Speaker, ataura kuti anopenga. A medical report must be produced kuti munhu is not stable and without that he must withdraw. He cannot get away with it. The precedent we are setting is wrong. You said there are no points of order. You gave him a chance.

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