JUSTICE, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi has warned opposition MDC legislators not to overestimate their influence, saying that the business of Parliament can pretty much still continue without them because Zanu-PF has more than two-thirds majority.
Ziyambi’s warning comes as the Nelson Chamisa-led MPs have repeatedly snubbed Parliamentary occasions officiated by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the latest being last Thursday’s 2020 Budget Presentation by Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube.
“We do not need them; they are actually a minority. We have two-thirds majority and can run the country without them. If they do not want to recognize the President who is our principal, we can just ignore them,” Ziyambi said.
“There comes a time when we have to say let’s be forward-thinking. We can’t continue being dragged back by a minority party. They have told us they are for rule of law and constitutionalism. They went to court and lost so whatever they’re now doing is unconstitutional. They are not observing the rule of law.
“We will ignore them going forward and do whatever we have to do. If they want to boycott even the budget debate, they can do so. That’s their wish,” said Ziyambi, who is the leader of Government business in Parliament.
Soon after the MDC MPs boycotted the budget presentation last week, Zanu-PF MPs retaliated and withdrew from the Public Accounts Committee chaired by MDC Vice President and Harare East MP, Tendai Biti. This brought a scheduled hearing to a complete stop as the remaining opposition MPs did not constitute a quorum to proceed hearing submissions from Sakunda Holdings on Command Agriculture.
Still, Ziyambi blasted the MDC MPs, saying they lacked consistency.
“Their behaviour is childish, inconsistent and shows a lot of hypocrisy. How can they address to me as Minister and say they do not recognize he who appointed me Minister? When it suits them, they feel very big and tell us they are chairing a Public Accounts Committee with all beautiful words and saying government must do this and that… They want government to avail cars and raise their perks, the same government whose head they say they do not recognize. What grand hypocrisy is that!”
Previously, the MDC MPs also snubbed the State of the Nation Address by President Mnangagwa, as well as the official opening of Parliament. Their leader, Nelson Chamisa, insists he won the residential elections last year and was rigged out of his victory by Zanu-PF in collusion with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).
This is despite Chamisa’s election challenge which was thrown out by a whole bench of the Constitutional Court judges for lack of evidence. Mnangagwa's controversial win in 2018 presidential elections was revised downwards thrice by ZEC.