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Why is Mliswa given more opportunities to speak, is it a strategy to make him more popular?

Gweru Urban legislator Honourable Brian Dube has accused the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Tsitsi Gezi of giving Norton legislator Temba Mliswa more opportunities to speak in the House in a bid to make him more popular than others.

Mliswa is generally regarded as one of the most active legislators in the National Assembly in terms of participation and articulation of issues.

However, raising a point of order in the National Assembly, Honourable Dube complained that Mliswa is getting a lot of traction because he is given more speaking opportunities compared to others.

On a point of order. I want to seek clarification from you, Honourable Speaker. Is Parliament for Honourable Mliswa alone because the opportunities that he is given to speak are so many.

We all stand up for supplementary questions but you always pick Honourable Mliswa. Since we started this session, Hon. Mliswa has asked so many questions and everyone else is told that there is no time. Is this a strategy for him to be popular?

This is because we realise that what he says does not even make sense, so may you please give us equal and fair opportunities for us to make our submissions,” he said

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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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