The real reason Mliswa was expelled from Parliament on Tuesday


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THE TEMPORARY SPEAKER (HON. DR. MAVETERA): You are out of order Hon. Mliswa.

HON. T. MLISWA: Because this is a very critical point…

THE TEMPORARY SPEAKER: Order Hon. Mliswa. Let us try to confine ourselves to the debate. You give examples but let us try to confine ourselves and not to try raise emotional issues.

HON. T. MLISWA: You cannot kill other people in a country and you want to woo the people who kill other innocent people. This should be very clear. Did you not hear of Gukurahundi? Where are those people who spearheaded Gukurahundi? Are they nationalistic, are they patriotic? They went and killed the people who were patriotic and nationalists. Gukurahundi is a fact. Let it not pain you because you were probably not part of the struggle. This is emotional…

THE TEMPORY SPEAKER: Hon. Mliswa, I said do not use offensive language.

HON. T. MLISWA: Which offensive language have I used and I withdraw.

THE TEMPORARY SPEAKER: Hon. Mliswa, we have got different political parties in this House and for you to come and accuse another political party and being offensive, that is very disrespectful. Order, can you leave the House Hon. Mliswa, leave the House!

HON. T. MLISWA: But you cannot kick me out – did Gukurahundi not happen under ZANU PF? So, why remove me from the House for telling the truth? What is the purpose of this House if we are not able to debate on issues of national interest? – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections]- You are kicking me out of the House for bringing the issue of Gukurahundi, are you serious about that?

THE TEMPORARY SPEAKER: Can you please leave the House. Serjeant-at-Arms, can you please help us.

HON. T. MLISWA: So now you want me out because I spoke about Gukurahundi? Who are you serving – what you are doing is unpatriotic, unnationalistic, barbaric for the party you belong to? I leave knowing that you have done the biggest mistake. I present national issues here. My father was in Zambia and he was ZAPU. What you have done is wrong, you want to appease the President, you hope to become the next Speaker by bootlicking, what you are doing is unpatriotic. You started Gukurahundi because you are sitting on that chair…

THE TEMPORARY SPEAKER: Can you switch off the microphone Serjeant-at-Arms?

HON. T. MLISWA: You started Gukurahundi because you are sitting on that Chair, it does not mean that you will take our rights.  I represent the people, this is tax payers money you are using by refusing all that.  You cannot abuse taxpayers’ money by telling me to leave the House; was Gukurahundi not an act of ZANU PF? Why have you decided to be stifled…

The Serjeant-at-Arms approached Hon. T. Mliswa in a bid to escort him out but he refused to leave the House and continued debating.

THE TEMPORARY SPEAKER (HON. MAVETERA): Serjeant-at-Arms, you are letting us down, we do not need this noise in this House. Serjeant-at-Arms, can you please do your job. We cannot have this noise in this House.

HON. T. MLISWA: I do not mind if I am sent out of this Parliament.  I can go home for good. What you have done is unpatriotic and it is wrong – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –  

Gukurahundi happened under ZANU PF.  Who are you trying to appease? You are getting allowances out of that…  – [HON. MEMBERS: Inaudible interjections.] –

THE TEMPORARY SPEAKER: Hon. Munetsi, can you please switch off the microphone for us.

Microphone switched off.

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The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.

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