While responding to a motion moved by Matabeleland South Proportionate Representative Mrs Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga (MDC) calling on the Executive to award parastatal tenders in a way that promoted fair regional representation, Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko said there is no marginalisation .
Misihairabwi-Mushonga had said Government tenders in several departments are being awarded to Shona speakers, while sidelining Ndebele speakers. Said Mphoko:
First of all, there is no better Zimbabwean than any other. If people are doing that, it is out of order, we are all Zimbabweans. There is no province which is less important than another. The community themselves must raise complaints about lack of development and marginalisation. What has been said by MP Misihairabwi (Mushonga) has no value, but if it had been said by a grandmother in Kezi. If you are saying there are certain things happening favouring other regions, there is no law that says there are Zimbabweans that are better than others. It does not mean that if you are Manyika, Zezuru or Karanga you are a better Zimbabwean.