Kuwadzana East MP Nelson Chamisa (MDC-T) read names of ministers, who continuously absented themselves from the National Assembly’s question-and-answer sessions. He cited foreign affairs minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko as the most delinquent.
Chamisa also said Mugabe’s nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, was a truant minster,
We know Mphoko only comes to the House during official opening of Parliament and the National Budget, and that Foreign Affairs minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi is the number one truant minister to the extent he is now even foreign to this Parliament. Youth minister Patrick Zhuwao is another truant minister and he is even going to the extent of harassing our Parliamentary Portfolio Committees and he must be dealt with because his behaviour is untoward.
Other ministers named include Simon Khaya Moyo (Policy Co-ordination), Kembo Mohadi (State Security), Ignatius Chombo (Home Affairs), David Parirenyatwa (Health and Child Care), Jonathan Moyo (Higher Education), Samuel Undenge (Energy), Douglas Mombeshora (Lands), Nyasha Chikwinya (Women Affairs), Obert Mpofu (Macro-Economic Planning) and Saviour Kasukuwere (Local Government).
Most deputy ministers were also reportedly bunking Parliament. Chamisa told Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Mabel Chinomona, that all the truant ministers must be charged with contempt of Parliament.