Mliswa, Nduna trade insults

Mliswa, Nduna trade insults
Published: 11 February 2019 (282 Views)
It was ugly business in the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Mining Development this Monday as proceedings came to a halt with members trading insults in full glare of the media and witnesses from the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development who had come to give oral evidence on the implementation of bilateral agreements on gold and chrome and the finalisation of the diamond policy.

Legislators Temba Mliswa and Dexter Nduna traded accusations today at Parliament Building when the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy met

Disgraceful best summarises the behaviour that was on show today at parliament as legislators traded insults.

The tension was clear even when witnesses from the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development and journalists were invited into the senate chamber for the start of business.

It did not take long before the chamber exploded after a committee member Roy Bhilah proposed that Temba Mliswa, Prince Sibanda, Anele Ndebele and Leonard Chikomba, all of whom are being accused of trying to extort $400 000 from businessman James Ross Goddard, recuse themselves from the meeting.

What followed was a behaviour not fit for men expected to be policy makers.

Journalists were then asked to vacate the room.

Interim Chairperson of the Committee Edmond Mkaratigwa then came out to ask the witnesses from the Mines Ministry to leave before telling journalists that the meeting could not go ahead.

Outside the chamber, some members of the committee attempted to bully reporters by ordering them to stop recording proceedings.

A bemused Acting Mines and Mining Development Minister, Jorum Gumbo also had to leave in a huff but after having commented the committee should not wash its dirty linen in public.

Mliswa, hardly a stranger to controversy having previously been in the eye of a storm for attempting to have the Hwange Colliery Company issue deliberated on by the same committee despite it being before the courts, went into another tirade in which he appeared to be accusing the Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda of turning a blind eye to corrupt activities by some mentioned legislators.

Recently, some civic organisation groups petitioned parliamentarians to improve their decorum in the house and focus on the job of representing the electorate.

- zbc

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