Pandemonium in parliament over sanction

The pandemonium was sparked after Mwenezi East Member of Parliament
Kudakwashe Bhasikiti gave notice to move a motion compelling
Tsvangirai and his deputy Arthur Mutambara to take lead in calling
upon western governments to lift targeted travel sanctions imposed on
Mugabe and his lieutenants.

But this did not go down well with Movement for Democratic Change
(MDC) Masvingo Urban Member of Parliament Tongai Matutu, who openly
challenged Bhasikiti’s motives.

Deputy Speaker of Parliament Nomalanga Khumalo then ordered the
Sergeant at Arms to eject Matutu out of the House of Assembly.
However, Matutu refused to leave the House insisting that he had done
nothing to warrant an ejection. Mkoba Member of Parliament Amos
Chibaya also joined in and defended Matutu resulting in pandemonium in
the august House.

Khumalo was then forced to adjourn proceedings in parliament to
Thursday after holding some consultations with the Chief whips of the
three political parties represented in parliament namely ZANU PF,
MDC-T and MDC-M.
“There was drama in Parliament. Khumalo is to blame for failing to
handle the situation by ejecting Matutu,” said one legislator who
asked not to be named.

ZANU PF’s politburo recently announced that it would make no more
concessions in talks with the former opposition MDC party of Prime
Minister Tsvangirai until the sanctions are removed. The declaration
came after British Foreign Secretary David Miliband had said in
Parliament that London would lift the punitive measures on advice from
the MDC.
Western governments imposed sanctions on Mugabe and his close allies
in protest against human rights abuses and the fraudulent 2002
presidential elections which Mugabe won.
A visiting group of British parliamentarians this week said the
European Union (EU) will lift sanctions against President Mugabe and
his top allies only after the Zimbabwean leader and his former
opposition foes fully implement a power-sharing agreement signed in
2008.