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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 the news editor for OpenParlyZW an online platform that covers Parliament of Zimbabwe activities using social media (Twitter and Facebook). He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum and a board member of Digital Communication Network.

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