Chaos broke out in Parliament on Wednesday when independent MP Temba Mliswa accused MDC Alliance MP Settlement Chikwinya of blaming Vice President Constantino Chiwenga for bringing the deadly corona virus to Zimbabwe.
Chiwenga spent months in China last year receiving treatment and Mliswa felt that Chikwinya’s sentiments were a mockery to the Vice President’s illness.
“Mr. Speaker Sir, I think it is important as members of this August House to give respect to the Hon. Vice President. The issue of coronavirus when it was asked by Hon. Kwaramba, Hon, Chikwinya shouted and said yes, we must know the condition of coronavirus because of the Hon. Vice President,” said Mliswa before Parliament went into a delirium.
“Mr. Speaker Sir, what Hon. Chikwinya was implying was that the Hon. Vice President came with coronavirus in Zimbabwe. These are inhuman people with no human dignity whatsoever and we shall not allow that here. They must respect the Hon. Vice President. It is them who go outside the country who bring the virus, it is unacceptable. You must respect the Hon. Vice President, he cannot do that. He must withdraw his statement, they are inhuman.”
Chikwinya vehemently denied accusing Chiwenga of bringing the deadly disease to Zimbabwe.
“The Hon. Vice President Hon. Chiwenga is a respectable Member of this House. The Hon. Vice President went through his difficult times which you announced at the beginning of this session. To insinuate that a matter regarding the Coronavirus which emanates from China is being discussed in Parliament and therefore since he was treated in China therefore he brought that disease is an indictment and a show of disrespect by Hon. Mliswa to Hon. Chiwenga,” he said.
Chikwinya said records will expose Mliswa’s lies.
“I challenge the Clerk to refer to the Hansard. If there was any time that I raised the name of Hon. Vice President Chiwenga in relation to the Coronavirus, I am prepared to face any consequences if it is discovered that I related the Coronavirus to the Vice President Hon. Chiwenga,” he said.
Chiwenga was in attendance in Parliament on Wednesday for the first time after his long illness with the Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda noting his presence.
“If you can allow me Hon. Members; I recognise the presence of the Hon. Vice President, Dr. Chiwenga. I think all of us are aware that he has been indisposed for quite a while and we are happy that he is back on his feet and he has joined us today,” he said.