Breaking News

On the run MDC MPs, not on the run, says MDC

by Staff reporter
23 February 2019 | 1198 Views
THE MDC yesterday said its MPs Charlton Hwende (Kuwadzana East), Joanah Mamombe (Harare West), and Godfrey Sithole (Chitungwiza North), who have been absent from Parliament, are not on the run and had nothing to do with disturbances last month.

The statement by MDC followed reports that the three had not been attending Parliament due to the clampdown by security agents on opposition supporters and legislators, which saw MPs Amos Chibaya (Mkoba), Settlement Chikwinya (Mbizo), Livingstone Chimina (Chiwundura), Llyod Mukapiko (Redcliff) and Matabeleland North Senator Rosemary Nyathi being arrested and arraigned before the courts for alleged incitation of the fuel protests.

MPs stand to lose their parliamentary seats if they absent themselves for 21 consecutive Parliament sitting days.

MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume said Hwende was not in the country when the January demonstrations took place and was not on the run for any offences.

"Hwende has been out of the country attending to personal issues and family business because his family is in Namibia, and he left the country on December 19, 2018 with a return ticket to Harare for early March and has not been running away from anything," Mafume said.

"He has seen social media reports alleging that he is on the run, but has not been able to verify that through official channels like Parliament, and he was not even in Harare
during the time of the January disturbances and has nothing to do with the stayaway or what happened in Zimbabwe during his absence."

Mafume said Mamombe had been out attending educational programmes as she is a post-graduate student and had to travel to attend block release programmes out of the country, which explained her absence in Parliament.

He, however, said he had not yet ascertained the absence of Sithole.

Mafume also blasted Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda for failing to defend MPs that were being harassed by State agencies.

"The Speaker must be pro-active in ensuring that MPs are not harassed like the MPs that were arrested, because the world over, MPs never get harassed by other arms of the State without Parliament saying anything.

"In our case, MPs are not only harassed by the Executive, but by the Judiciary. Ironically, MPs are the ones that pass the budget for the other arms of the State. If they are vulnerable, MPs will not be able to play their oversight role properly," Mafume said.

Mafume MDC Hwende

Source: newsday


Latest News

Mnangagwa's grand lie on forex list revisited

by Mandla Ndlovu | 19 March 2019 | 1 Views

Jah Prayzah comes through for Chimanimani victims

by Mandla Ndlovu | 19 March 2019 | 2 Views

WATCH: Mnangagwa jets in Manicaland

by Mandla Ndlovu | 19 March 2019 | 1 Views

MDC Top leader back in court over treason charges

by Mandla Ndlovu | 19 March 2019 | 1 Views

Revisiting the ZUPCO urban transportation model

by Victor Bhoroma | 19 March 2019 | 1 Views

EU gives €3.5 million to Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique

by Mandla Ndlovu | 19 March 2019 | 1 Views

Tour Chimanimani with a clean intention

by John Sigauke | 19 March 2019 | 6 Views

Mnangagwa insist there was "no basis" free elections calls and rigging...

by Nomusa Garikai | 19 March 2019 | 2 Views

Stadium crisis hits Zimbabwe top-flight teams - The 2019 Zimbabwe top-...

by Staff reporter | 19 March 2019 | 3 Views

Chiwenga in Cyclone-hit Manicaland

by Staff reporter | 19 March 2019 | 9 Views

Zanu-PF youths mobilise donations for cyclone victims - The Zanu-PF Na...

by Staff reporter | 19 March 2019 | 1 Views

Heal Zimbabwe speaks on the arrest of Rashid Mahiya

by Heal Zimbabwe | 19 March 2019 | 5 Views

Latest on Shona teachers in Bulawayo

by Mandla Ndlovu | 19 March 2019 | 1 Views

PHOTOS: MDC holds business dinner

by Mandla Ndlovu | 19 March 2019 | 4 Views

Chamisa calls for international help

by ZimLive | 19 March 2019 | 3 Views

MDC told to divorce G40 members

by Mandla Ndlovu | 19 March 2019 | 6 Views

Zimbabwe military receives rare praise

by Ndou Paul | 19 March 2019 | 8 Views

Zimbabweans buried two-two per grave in Manicaland

by Mandla Ndlovu | 19 March 2019 | 10 Views

Zimbabwe's disaster response is a disaster

by newZWire | 19 March 2019 | 5 Views

Food for PFee

by Kubatana | 19 March 2019 | 8 Views

Zimbabwe cannot outsource its development - it has to fix the fundamen...

by Sally Nyakanyanga | 19 March 2019 | 4 Views

Zimbabwe to host UAE, travel to Netherlands - United Arab Emirates wil...

by Staff reporter | 19 March 2019 | 3 Views

PHOTOS: Zimbabwe Army joins the masses

by Mandla Ndlovu | 19 March 2019 | 7 Views

NMB donates to cyclone victims, facilitates public donations - NMB Ban...

by Staff reporter | 19 March 2019 | 5 Views

Cyclone Idai, let's collect for a good cause - Faced with tragedy and ...

by Thomas Murisa. | 19 March 2019 | 2 Views


Andy Muridzo promises new album

by Simbarashe Sithole | 18 March 2019 | 223 Views

Kwejani band is back! - AFTER an eight-year hiatus, Victoria Falls' su...

by Staff reporter | 13 March 2019 | 1187 Views

Moyo revives Pantsula genre

by Staff reporter | 10 March 2019 | 389 Views

Majaivana's sad farewell

by Bruce Ndlovu | 10 March 2019 | 6430 Views

Nceku shifts base to SA

by Staff reporter | 09 March 2019 | 776 Views

Baba Harare abandoned by band members - Jit musician, Baba Harare has ...

by Staff reporter | 04 March 2019 | 2048 Views

Winky D pays the price

by Staff reporter | 03 March 2019 | 5276 Views

Mobile Spy Software Maker Mspy Hacked

mspy, the makers of a software-as-a-service product that claims to help more than two million people spy on the mobile devices of their kids and partners, to have been massively hacked. a public relations pitch from mspy to krebsonsecurity in march ... Read More
SecNews 17 May 2015 ago

Tb Joshua Worst Enemy Angelique Tonge Exposed

About two years ago, we came out emphatically about those behind the t.b joshua watch. many were those who thought we were framing innocent people up or on a witch hunt. some events have vindicated us and the cat is out of the bag. it is said that no... Read More
pointblank 01 May 2015 ago