ZANU-PF foul-mouthed legislator and former war veterans leader Honourable Joseph Chinotimba angered the MDC-T in the August house last week when he claimed that former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was still a Zanu-PF card holder.
"Mr. Speaker Sir, on the issue of heroes, when this country attained independence, I heard everyone saying that they were all card carrying members of ZANU PF. During that time, there were such political parties such as the UANC, ZAPU and ZANU Ndonga and ZANU PF. Later on, ZANU PF and ZAPU united, all other parties fell into oblivion. Only ZANU Ndonga survived. The current leader of the MDC, Mr. Tsvangirai was at one time a ZANU PF card carrying member. To date, he has this card," Chinotimba said.
The claim did not go down well with some MDC-T legislators who demanded that Chinotimba must withdraw his statement.
"Mr. Speaker Sir, the honourable member must withdraw the statement which he made saying that President Tsvangirai has a ZANU PF card," said Thamsanqa Mahlangu, Member of Parliament for Nkulumane (MDC-T).
"I am aware that Mr. Chinotimba is a new member of this House but we should be knowledgeable about the rules of this House. It is not permissible to mention Mr. Tsvangirai’s name because he has no right of response and it is against the rules. I urge Hon. Chinotimba to withdraw his statement," added Ms Paurina Mpariwa, the MDC-T legislator for Mufakose and MDC Shadow Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security.
In response, Chinotimba added: "If we do not mention names of outsiders, this august House ceases to be Parliament. In Parliament, we mention the Chinese, if that is the case, then Parliament should not mention anyone who has no right to be heard." – My Zimbabwe.