Chaos in Parly over Mthuli budget

Chaos in Parly over Mthuli budget 1

BY VENERANDA LANGA There was chaos and drama in Parliament yesterday as tempers flared when Finance minister Mthuli Ncube and Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi ignored issues raised by opposition MDC Alliance MPs and Norton legislator Temba Mliswa (Independent) over illegalities in the 2019 mid-term supplementary budget presented last week. Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube MPs abandoned the debate after they failed to get satisfactory answers on whether Ncube’s $10 billion took into cognisance the prevailing interbank exchange rate and accused Zanu PF of not taking seriously the…

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Nzenza feels heat over NSSA audit report, denies claims she has fled country

Nzenza feels heat over NSSA audit report, denies claims she has fled country 2

HARARE – Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Sekai Nzenza was on Sunday forced to deny claims by an MP that she had fled the country fearing arrest for corruption. The claim was made by Norton MP Temba Mliswa (Independent) on Twitter. In a July 27 post, Mliswa said: “Breaking News!!!!!! Minister Sekai Nzenza on the run after it emerged yesterday that she also received the NSSA loot to cover for Mupfumira. Mupfumira bought a house for Nzenza in Cape Town.” But government spokesman Ndavaningi Mangwana said he had…

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Controversy over MPs vehicles

Controversy over MPs vehicles 4

An uproar has erupted in Parliament with some legislators questioning the rationale behind being limited to purchase vehicles from only two suppliers, a situations the lawmakers argue “narrows their choices”. Temba Mliswa Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Tsitsi Gezi last week promised to look into the matter after it had been raised by Norton legislator Temba Mliswa. Some MPs who spoke to The Sunday Mail indicated that they preferred to buy the vehicles from other players in the domestic motor vehicle industry. Treasury recently released funds for the purchase…

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MPs demand Land Cruisers, houses in Harare, improved pay and staff members

MPs demand Land Cruisers, houses in Harare, improved pay and staff members 5

HARARE – Members of Parliament have demanded to be issued with Toyota Land Cruiser V8 vehicles, houses in Harare, security and five-digit salaries, accusing Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube of prioritising the other arms of the state. MPs say ministers and judges are favoured in resource allocation and treated way better than lawmakers. “It is important that the office of the Member of Parliament is respected,” said Norton MP Temba Mliswa (Independent) contributing to a motion on Thursday to remember the late Zaka East MP Kaston Ringirisai Gumbwanda (Zanu PF), who…

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MPs demand Land Cruisers, houses in Harare, improved pay and staff members

MPs demand Land Cruisers, houses in Harare, improved pay and staff members 7

HARARE – Members of Parliament have demanded to be issued with Toyota Land Cruiser V8 vehicles, houses in Harare, security and five-digit salaries, accusing Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube of prioritising the other arms of the state. MPs say ministers and judges are favoured in resource allocation and treated way better than lawmakers. “It is important that the office of the Member of Parliament is respected,” said Norton MP Temba Mliswa (Independent) contributing to a motion on Thursday to remember the late Zaka East MP Kaston Ringirisai Gumbwanda (Zanu PF), who…

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MPs have no dignity: Temba Mliswa on the politics of MPs’ vehicles and welfare

MPs have no dignity: Temba Mliswa on the politics of MPs’ vehicles and welfare 9

During a debate on a motion to remember the late Zanu PF MP Kaston Ringirisai Gumbwanda who died suddenly on June 25 this year, Norton MP Temba Mliswa (Independent), made the following contribution on the welfare of MPs in the National Assembly: Let me say that it has become a way of life now that every month there is a Member of Parliament who we debate on. What is important now is to debate on the circumstances that led to the death of Members of Parliament. The source of the…

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Zifa sue Mliswa, Chizuzu

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By Sikhumbuzo Moyo ZIFA have slapped Norton legislator Temba Mliswa and Harare City Council public relations official as well as social media blogger Hope Chizuzu with a combined lawsuit of $10 million for defaming the association’s leadership over a cocktail of unsubstantiated allegations. Norton MP Temba Mliswa In summons written by Ngaraya Moyo and Partners on Tuesday, Zifa said Mliswa on his Twitter handle and during a live broadcast of Punchlineafricatv uttered statements to the effect that the association’s president Felton Kamambo and acting vice-president Phillimon Machana abused US$750 000,…

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MP’s Lamborghini purchase triggers calls for import duty rebate rule change

MP’s Lamborghini purchase triggers calls for import duty rebate rule change 12

HARARE – The shock acquisition of a half-a-million dollar sports car by a Zanu PF MP spilled into Parliament this week, and could trigger new guidelines on the type of vehicles MPs are allowed to import duty free. Gokwe Nembudziya MP Justice Mayor Wadyajena imported a 2019 Lamborghini Urus from Europe last week, paying in excess of US$230,000 including delivery charges on a KLM cargo flight. The MP, a close confidante of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, did not pay duty after taking advantage of a rebate that allows Members of Parliament…

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Drama in parliament as Mliswa questions Wadyajena’s US$420 000 Lamborghini

Drama in parliament as Mliswa questions Wadyajena’s US$420 000 Lamborghini 15

By Veneranda Langa | NewsDay | Norton MP Temba Mliswa (Independent) yesterday raised a matter of privilege with Speaker of the National Assembly, Jacob Mudenda, over the recent importation of a US$420 000 Lamborghini vehicle by Gokwe Nembudziya MP Justice Mayor Wadyajena. Although it was a private acquisition, Mliswa wanted to know whether Wadyajena managed to import his luxurious vehicle using tax rebates enjoyed by legislators. “While MPs enjoy tax rebates on vehicles, it is important to understand what kind of vehicles MPs are entitled to,” Mliswa said. “Are MPs…

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Chamisa criticises Zanu PF MPs after Dabengwa minute of silence snub

Chamisa criticises Zanu PF MPs after Dabengwa minute of silence snub 16

HARARE – MDC leader Nelson Chamisa has condemned Zanu PF MPs who failed to observe a moment of silence for war hero Dumiso Dabengwa in Parliament on Tuesday. MDC chief whip Prosper Mutseyami raised a point of order in the National Assembly, observing: “I see in the House it is just business as usual and we have not noted the passing on of the Black Russian, Hon. Dumiso Dabengwa. “Are we not recognising that hero so that we give him a moment of silence in appreciation of what he did?”…

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