MDC-T MPs clash with police following ejection of colleague for wearing national flag jacket

MDC-T MPs yesterday violently clashed with police officers in Parliament, disrupting the question-and-answer session for almost one-and-a-half hours.

The violence broke out when Budiriro MP Costa Machingauta (MDC-T) appeared dressed in a jacket with the national flag’s colours, resulting in Zvishavane-Ngezi MP John Holder (Zanu PF) raising a point of order.

All hell broke loose when Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Mabel Chinomona demanded that Machingauta leave the House. But Machingauta refused, arguing that it was his constitutional right to wear a jacket, while pointing out that Bindura South MP Remigious Matangira (Zanu PF) was allowed to stay in the House, despite wearing a multi-coloured safari suit.

Other MDC-T MPs joined to resist the directive resulting in the Sergeant At Arms, Mr Nicholas Marufu, moving in to eject Mr Machingauta who was resisting. The opposition MPs were eventually overpowered and Machingauta was forcibly carried out of Parliament.

More: NewsDay, Chronicle, Herald


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