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We will continue to disrupt MDC led committees until they recognise ED says Togarepi

By Owen Correspondent

Zanu PF Chief Whip in the National Assembly Pupurai Togarepi says his party will continue to disrupt all Parliamentary Committees which are chaired by MDC legislators until they start recognizing President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Speaking to OpenParlyZW, Togarepi said MDC legislators should not think that they have a monopoly to snub and sabotage events in the country.

“The MDC Alliance legislators should know that what they do to President (Emmerson) Mnangagwa we can as well do that to them, they do not have the monopoly to snub and sabotage others, we can as well do that,” he said.

MDC has since snubbed Mnangagwa on several occasions such as the official opening of Parliament and budget presentations while at one occasion they were forcefully ejected for failing to stand up for the President.

Togarepi added that MDC should recognize and respect Mnangagwa as the legitimate President of Zimbabwe because he won the 2018 Presidential elections.

“We went to elections and Zanu PF emerged as winner but we still have people who are playing kids politics trying to put our country on the limelight for wrong reasons, we call upon the MDC-A to respect the wish of the people of Zimbabwe and the constitution, they should just respect our President,” Togarepi said.

Zanu PF legislators have already disrupted the Public Accounts Committee which is chaired by Harare East legislator and MDC vice president Tendai Biti questioning his legitimacy.

The committee was supposed to hear oral evidence from Sakunda Holdings on the alleged abusing money allocated under the Command Agriculture and Presidential Input Scheme programs

Chegutu West legislator Dexter Nduna is said to have questioned Biti’s suitability to chair the committee when he does not recognise the President of the country and this led to the abandoning of the meeting.

Togarepi said what happened in the Public Accounts Committee is just a teaser of what is coming if MDC continues to question Mnangagwa’s legitimacy.

“What happened on Friday is just a teaser to what they should expect, I can guarantee you that no committee which is being chaired by an MDC-A member will proceed until they recognize President Mnangagwa,” added Togarepi.

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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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