Zim Speaker Disturbed By Violence At Parliament

Moyo was speaking at a news conference in Harare that was boycotted by President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) representatives. He said parliament and police will write reports of what transpired on Saturday at Thematic committee on Human Rights Joint Inquiry adding that action will be taken.

Moyo was flanked by Clerk of parliament, Austin Zvoma, Mainstream Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) chief whip Innocent Gonese, MP Willias Madzimure and Deputy Speaker of parliament Nomalanga Ncube. A Zanu (PF) representative who was supposed to attend the news conference failed to turn up resulting in the delay of the press conference.

“As Speaker of Parliament and Chairperson of the Standing Rules and Orders Committee and in response to events surrounding the violent disruptions of lawful Public hearings by the Joint Committees of Parliament I call upon the three political parties who are signatories of to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) to rise up above their political differences and give necessary leadership in order to allow Parliament to do its work uninterrupted,” Moyo said.

“These premeditated disturbances of public hearings resulted in the savage assaulting of an MP and journalists within Parliament building and its precincts. This act is unprecedented both in terms of its primitiveness and contempt for the authority and mandate Parliament, as well as in its violation of the Privileges, Immunities and Powers of Parliament Act and the related Standing Orders of Parliament.”

Moyo said scores of hooligans who besieged parliament in Harare have been identified as Zanu (PF) supporters. He said his office and parliament officials will make their own investigations to establish what happened and that parliament will not hesitate to use their own laws to mete punishment on the violence perpetrators.

“It has been reported and it is now in the public domain that Members of Parliament, journalists and members of the public were assaulted in Parliament by rowdy gangs identified as Zanu (PF) activists who were dropped off at Parliament as they chanted their party songs and slogans,” Moyo said.

“As Speaker of Parliament I am greatly concerned with the lack of security to such an extent that Honourable Members of Parliament are beaten up and harassed at their own workplace. This is a serious cause for concern and as Parliament we strongly condemn this act of violence and behaviour.”

Moyo said outreach programmes in areas such as Bulawayo, Gweru and Gwanda were not interrupted by violence but other violent disruptions were witnessed in Chinhoyi on July 18, Masvingo on July 21 and Mutare on July 23.