ED under fire over Nyanga address

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Sindiso Mhlophe and Mugove Tafirenyika

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday came under fire for holding a mass gathering in Nyakomba Village in Nyanga, where he was commissioning a US$15 million pump house venture between Zimbabwe and Japan, barely 24 hours after banning public meetings of more than 100 people over the deadly coronavirus.



Debating in Parliament, MDC MPs led by their chief whip Prosper Mutseyami put it to National Assembly Speaker Jacob Mudenda that Mnangagwa had contradicted his decision when he addressed thousands of villagers at Nyakomba.



“Where is the consistency when the executive addressed a huge gathering of more than 700 people in Nyanga at Nyakomba?


“It does not inspire confidence when such things happen so we would want to know what the real government policy is,” Mutseyami said.


Mudenda defended Mnangagwa, saying the address went ahead because it had been pre-planned.


“I hear what you are saying but the explanation is simple, it is because the arrangements were already at an advanced stage. In as much as we have given a notice about our sitting today, there should not be cancellations in general.


“Sometimes we rely on some exigencies beyond our control hence we have allowed this sitting to continue by taking a chance that it is the last until we are certain that we are safe,” Mudenda said.


Parliament has adjourned sittings as well as committee business to May 5 except for workshops that had been planned prior to the ban while “all other meetings will be considered on a case by case basis”.


On his part, Mnangagwa defended his decision, saying the ban he imposed was meant to take effect from tomorrow.

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