MDC-T legislator for Mutasa Central MP, Trevor Saruwaka, was barred from entering Parliament on Thursday for wearing a national flag jacket which authorities described as “inappropriate clothing”.
Speaking to NewZimbabwe.com Saruwaka said,
I am shocked because I didn’t know it’s a criminal offence to be patriotic. We are allowed to enter the august House dressed in a jacket and a tie which, again, is the way our colonial masters used to do. The response I got from the Parliament security personnel was out of the ordinary. Eight of them formed a circle and blocked me from getting inside because I was wearing what they called ‘political party regalia’. What pains me most is that if you come to Parliament dressed in West African attire like from Ghana and Nigeria the same security personnel salute you.
Government recently warned that those “abusing” the flag risked heavy fines and spells in jail.