Maridadi asks Mahoka how many husbands do you have?


*HON. MARIDADI:  Madam Speaker, my point of order is on the point that ‘our husbands now have developed large stomachs.’ Does the Hon. Member have a single husband and if she has many husbands, how many does she have?  May she display her status?

*THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  There is no point of order.

*HON. MAHOKA:  Some Hon. Members take this House lightly.  They came to Parliament with trivial matters not putting at heart representation of the people.  We should know that we came here to represent people and not to play – [HON. MEMBERS:  Inaudible interjections.] –

*THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Hon. Members, let us understand each other in this House.

*HON. MARIDADI:  I do not believe that we do not respect this House but she is the one who does not because she is the one who insulted the Vice President in public.  She is the one who does not respect people.  She scolded the Vice President of this country.   Before she would want people to be orderly, she should start with herself because she insulted the Vice President of this country in public and it hurts us.

*THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Order, order.  Hon. Members.  I have heard what the Hon. Member said.  She said, let us respect this House.  Can we go ahead with our debate.

*HON. MARIDADI:  The Vice President, Hon. Mnangagwa  is the Leader of the House, whether he is in Shurugwi or Mutoko, he carries the image of this august House.  He should not be insulted by nonentities. – [Laughter.] –

*THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order, order Hon. Members.  Can we have order in the House?  Can we please mind our language in this august House.  Hon. Members, please listen.  Hon. Maridadi, you were referring to Hon. Mahoka that she insulted the Hon. Vice President and then you said she is a nonentity.  She is an Hon. Member – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] – Withdraw that statement.  What does pombi yadonha mean?

*HON.  MARIDADI: My understanding of a nonentity is just an ordinary person, a not so important person. It is not an insult.  While in Parliament, we ordinarily say this Hon. Member is a back-bencher.

*THE HON. DEPUTY SPEAKER:  Hon. Member, there is no ordinary person in Parliament.  Can you please withdraw that?

*HON. MARIDADI: I am withdrawing my word ‘nonentity’ but I am also a nonentity because I am not a Whip or a Chairperson of a Committee but I am a back-bencher.  So, we are both nonentities.  Hon. Mahoka and Hon. Maridadi we are the nonentities.  I thank you.

*HON. MAHOKA: I was talking about the need to be serious in this august House.  The people who elected us are observing how we are belittling or disrespecting this House.  Our words should be proper.  We should not just trivialise issues here in Parliament.  Some people are “vana muti ngauwe tinonge tsotso”.

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