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Was MDC-T Legislator Justified Reading Novel in Parly?

  • Chris Gande

Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda. (File Photo: Courtesy Image)

Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda. (File Photo: Courtesy Image)

MDC-T sympathizers say Cross was justified to read the novel because some of what was being discussed in parliament was boring.

The Movement for Democratic Change formation's Bulawayo South legislator, Eddie Cross, was on Thursday ejected from parliament after he was seen reading a novel during proceedings.

The incident has sparked lively debate among Zimbabweans on social network cites who have divergent views on the lawmaker’s actions.

MDC-T sympathizers say Cross was justified to read the novel because some of what was being discussed in parliament was boring.

However, other people from his constituency feel let down by the legislator, who is also the MDC-T’s policy coordinator general, saying he is not doing his job.

Writing on his Facebook wall, Herald journalist Ceaser Zvayi said, "A cross we have to bear ... Is this the best that Bulawayo South has to offer? Honestly!"

We reached Cross who said since his party declared that it was not going to participate in debating President Mugabe’s motion, he had no choice but to occupy himself with the novel.

The Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Mudenda of Zanu-PF has warned members against breaking the house etiquette and decorum.

On Tuesday, he ejected Zanu PF Mberengwa East legislator Makhosini Hlongwane for answering his cellphone during deliberations.

Zanu PF parliamentary Chief Whip, Joram Gumbo, said Cross disrespected the house by reading the novel and should have simply walked out of the house than read the novel inside parliament.
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