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Is Wadyajena a blue-eyed-boy in Parliament?

Norton legislator Temba Mliswa has asked Parliament to explain why Gokwe-Nembudziya legislator Justice Mayor Wadyajena is given special treatment in Parliament adding that the youthful flamboyant legislator has never read a report from the Agriculture Committee on his own as he is always absent.

Speaking in the National Assembly recently, Honourable Mliswa said it appears that Wadyajena who chairs the Agriculture Portfolio Committee is only there to chair the committee meetings.

“Mr Speaker Sir, when you are Chairperson of the Committee, there are certain issues which require a Chairperson to be there and report to. I have always talked to Honourable Wadyajena, whether he is a blue-eyed boy or not, he has never given reports.

“He never gives reports as the Chairperson. It seems as if he is only there to chair a Committee and never contributes in Parliament and so forth. You wonder what is wrong with him.

“What are the functions of a Chairperson according to your criteria of picking them? It does not augur well for the people,” he said.

The Norton legislator added that “The only time you see him is when he chairs the Committee. Question time, he is not here and reading of reports, he is not here. I can give you how many times he has never done that including other Chairpersons too,” said Mliswa.

It is not a secret that although Mliswa and Wadyajena are both Emmerson Mnangagwa’s loyalist, they, however, do not see eye-to-eye.

Sometime earlier this year, Honourable Wadyajena chased Mliswa from attending the Agriculture Committee as part of the audience adding that the Norton legislator was not welcome.

According to Honourable Mliswa, Wadyajena is doing whatever he wants in Parliament because he is a blue-eyed-boy and is protected.-

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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