Maridadi asks Mahoka how many husbands do you have?


There was a heated exchange in parliament yesterday between Mabvuku-Tafara legislator James Maridadi and Hurungwe East Member of Parliament Sarah Mahoka when Maridadi asked Mahoka how many husbands she had after she had said that she was grateful that the government had introduced bond notes because now our skins are glowing and “our husbands have developed large stomachs”.

Mahoka said Maridadi must not take the House lightly but he said it was Mahoka who had a habit of belittling others and even scolded the country’s Vice-President and the Leader of the House in public yet she was a non-entity.

Mahoka responded: Some people are “vana muti ngauwe tinonge tsotso”. Maridadi said Mahoka was belittling the Vice-President even worse.

He went on: “I have been hurt but as a man, I cannot shed tears.  She has referred to the Vice President as an ordinary person and she should withdraw.  This is something she should not say in Parliament.  It hurts me so much Hon. Speaker.” 

Full exchange

*HON. MAHOKA:  Thank you Madam Speaker.  I also want to add my voice to the debate.  Firstly, I would like to thank the Hon. Minister and the Governor.  The thinking behind the bond note and its introduction to this country is of the highest degree.  The people of Zimbabwe are very happy because the bond notes have helped us.  We no longer have problems if you go to the banks.  When tobacco farmers produce their crop, ….

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Order, order, Hon. Members.  Allow us to hear what the Hon. Member is saying.

*HON. MAHOKA:  We were given a lot of money because of tobacco.  You see us beautiful with glowing skins and our husbands have developed large stomachs, it is because of the money that you have paid us – [HON. MEMBERS:  Inaudible interjections.] –

THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Order, Hon. Members.

*HON. MARIDADI:  On a point of order Madam Speaker.

*THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  What is your point of order?

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