Mphoko says he does not know why soldiers and police are fighting- maybe it is over uniforms


The Ministry has very little it can do but I think the homes themselves have a responsibility not to take politics as that which runs lives.  The moment you want to make yourself professional or a special politician, because there has never been a special professional politician, you will always go wrong.  However, the role of the Ministry of National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation is to ensure that it intervenes where orphans cannot go to school; people cannot open bank accounts or vote and cannot get birth certificates. I am sure you are all aware that we went and commissioned the programme to have children get their birth certificates. 

 Let me say to the Hon. Member who asked the question, let us not take politics to a certain level where it is not supposed to be.  Let me also remind you Hon. Sen. Komichi that you are older than ZANU, ZAPU or MDC in terms of age.  All these things came long after you were born and I think we must look at things from that angle.  We should also not take politics as a profession please.  I thank you.

+HON. SEN. S. NCUBE:  I am still on the same question that was asked.  I think the Vice President did not answer the question correctly.  The Hon. Member wanted to know the efforts the Ministry is making in connection with the infighting.  For example, yesterday the police were fighting with soldiers and the police were assaulted and we are going towards elections.

HON. MPHOKO:  Are you asking about efforts being done where fights are going on between people?  People fight because of attitudes.  I will repeat that.  I do not know why the police and soldiers are fighting.  Maybe it is because someone thinks his uniform is more beautiful than that of the other but politically people do fight.  Fighting, my sister Hon. Sen. Ncube, is caused by people who think they are better than others in their parties.  I know Hon. Sen. Komichi used to fight a lot.  Yes, we are politicians but if we take it beyond this, we should not think that we are better than the others.  The problem is not in the Ministry but in us.  I thank you.



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