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Opposition MP Loses Undergarments, Another Fondled in Police Scuffle

  • Gibbs Dube

MDC-T lawmakers gather outside the parliament chamber to discuss the scuffle between lawmakers and the police.

MDC-T lawmakers gather outside the parliament chamber to discuss the scuffle between lawmakers and the police.

There was chaos in Zimbabwe’s parliament Wednesday when police attempted to eject an opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) lawmaker, who was wearing a jacket with national colors.

Police were called by acting Speaker of Parliament, Mabel Chinomona, after attempts to remove Costa Machingauta from the House of Assembly for breaking the dress code were unsuccessful.

According to some Members of Parliament, MDC-T lawmakers blocked police from removing the Buridiro legislator from the august house resulting in a scuffle with the law-enforcing agents.

Costa Machingauta

Costa Machingauta

In the ensuing melee, two female MPs Susan Matsunga and Lwazi Sibanda, claimed that they were touched inappropriately by the police.

Matsunga claimed that the police fondled her breasts while Sibanda alleged that they tore her undergarments and touched other sensitive parts of her body while attempting to arrest Machingauta.

Chinomona promised to investigate the issue while appealing for calm in parliament after MDC-T lawmakers walked out of the House of Assembly protesting against the subsequent arrest of Machingauta.

At the same time, Sylvanos Mudzova of Tajamuka-Sesijikile Campaign staged a protest outside Zimbabwe's parliament to highlight issues affecting Zimbabweans.

He was wearing a replica of a prison uniform to show that most Zimbabweans are suffering in the southern African nation.

Mudzvova was once brutalized by some suspected state security agents who beat him up severely before they left in a huff when some villagers rescued him in a hilly area outside the country’s capital, Harare.

Kuqhamuke udlakela edale lephalamende ngemva kokuba amalunga ebandla leMovement for Democratic Change elikhokhelwa nguMnu. Morgan Tsvangirai evimbe ukuxotshwa komunye wabo, uMnu. Costa Machingauta, ngoba egqoke ibhatshi elilembala ye flag yeZimbabwe.

Ekufuqaneni okwenzekeleyo, amanye amalunga edale lephalamende awesifazane athe amapholisa esilisa awaphumputhe emzimbeni okungafanelanga abadabulela izembatho zangensitha.

UMachingauta, omela isigaba se Budiriro edale lephalamende, ucine esekhitshelwe phandle kwedale wahanjiswa ewofisini yamapholisa edale.

Uhulumende wethula umthetho wokuthi umuntu ozalungisa kumbe ukuthengisa iflag kumbe impahla elombala weflag uzabotshwa.

Embe phansi amanye amalunga eMDC-T esithi okuzenziwa luze lulungisiswe lolodaba lokungena kwamapholisa edale atshela obephethe isikhundla sikasomlomo, uNkosikazi Marble Chinomona ukuba abasoze bahlonipha imithetho yedale amapholisa engaqhubeka engena edale.

Omunye wamalunga edale unkosikazi Susan Matsunga utshele Chinomona ukuthi ebanjwe amabele ngamapholisa esilisa.

Kuthi elinye njalo ilunga unkosikazi Lwazi Sibanda owe MDC T, uthi amapholisa emdabulele impahla yangensitha njalo amanye amalunga esifazane athi aphumputhwe imizimba ngendlela engayisiyo.

Aphethe ephuma lamalunga ebandla leMDC-T etshengisa ukukhonona kwawo phezu kokubotshwa kukaMachingauta.

Kodwa awe Zanu PF eqhubekele phambili ngohlelo lwedale kade kulusuku lokubuzwa kwabaphathintambo imibizo eyehlukeneyo ngemisebenzi yengatsha zabo.

Abomsakazo we ZBC ohlala usakaza okwenzakala e dale ngoLwesithathu mavhiki wonke kawusaqhubekelanga phambili kusenzakala lesi siga ahle angenisa ezinye inhlelo.

Ngesikhathi sisioya emoyeni bebesemapholiseni bonke abe MDC-T abethesa amapholisa ngokuhlukunyezwa ngendlela ezehlukeneyo ezibalisa ukuphumputhwa imizimba yabo lokudatshulelwa impahla.

Ngasikhathi lokhu kusenzakala, ilunga le Tajamuka/Sesijikile, uMnu. Sylvanos Mudzova, utshengisele phandle kwedale lephalamende ezibophe ngensimbi ezandleni lenyaweni esola amalunga edale phezu kokwehluleka kwawo ukulwisana lodlakela kanye lokuthunjwa kwabantu elizweni.

UMudzvova owomkhankaso weTajamuka-Sesijikile ubetshengisela eyedwa ephandle kwedale ekhonona phezu ngokwenza kwala malunga okokungalungisisi udaba lokungathembeki (corruption) kanye lokunyamalala kwabantu elizweni okubalisa uItayi Dzamara osedlulise umnyaka engaziwa lapho akhona, ukuba usaphila na loba hatshi.

UMudzova ubegqoke impahla efana legqokwa yizibotshwa ejele njalo ezibophile enyaweni ngamaketani lezandleni ukubonisa uzulu ukuba esephila njengesigqili elizweni lakhe ngenxa yobukhokheli obunganakekeli izizalwane zalo.

Uzulu ubuthene elalela obekutshiwo nguMudzvova bucwadlana ledale lephalamende lapho okuhlangana khona umgwaqo uNelson Mandela lo Third, esithi uvumelana lalokho abekutsho.

Omunye walabo abakade belalele ngu Zisunko Ndlovu othe usekela akade kusenziwa nguMudzvova.

Elinye njalo ilunga le Tajamuka-Sesijikile, uMnu. Promise Mkhwananzi, laye utshele intathelizindaba ukuba usekela obekumunyethwe ngamazwi kaMudzvova.

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