Minister of Home Affairs Obert Mpofu caused disruption in Parliament on Thursday when he refused to answer any questions from the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy. The minister accused Portfolio Committee chairperson Temba Mliswa of having an agenda and declared that he will never cooperate as long as Mliswa was presiding.
Understandably, most Zimbabweans were put off by the minister’s behaviour although some saluted him for his brazenness. Here is how some Zimbabweans reacted.
I can’t understand why this man is in your Cabinet. Such arrogance on national display does not bode well for your Govt. Please suspend him. He must respect the people who are the reason he is a Minister. #ObertMustFall pic.twitter.com/yEtz1vzXjS
— Fadzayi Mahere (@advocatemahere) February 22, 2018
I'm not at all surprised by Obert Mpofu but by those who expected anything different from him. On top of that, é fact that some still v energy to 'cry' to ED to deal with Mpofu is ludicrous. Please note that problems can never be solved on é same level they were created.
— Patson Dzamara (@PatsonDzamara) February 22, 2018
IS THIS THE ZIM WE WANT? MINISTERS WHO DONT WANT TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE?
Minister Mpofu appeared before Mines Parly Committee re: missing $15billion
Mpofu: "As long as you Mliswa are the chairperson of this committee I will not cooperate with you"
Video: https://t.co/mn5ykpYtyP https://t.co/gtwH87QKxW
— Violet Gonda (@violetgonda) February 22, 2018
Obert Mpofu has just proved to every Zimbabwean that he is untouchable @OpenParlyZw
— Munya Bloggo (@MunyaBloggo) February 22, 2018
Temba dzungu anoriwanza, now he has put himself in a fix. Kurohwa netechnicality. He should recuse himself https://t.co/oW5ksFxnZ2
— C.E Mambo 🇿🇼 (@cemambo) February 22, 2018
Temba Mliswa is a very toxic politician. What could have been an interesting hearing is now reduced to a personal matter between himself and Obert
— Nqaba Matshazi (@nqabamatshazi) February 22, 2018
Obert Mpofu had his game plan on point . Mliswa was clearly outmatched today by Mpofu. The parly committee were caught unaware but they should have had contingency plans to deal with Mpofu's arrogance
— Do you want study in Europe? Whatsapp 0714876491 (@SimbarasheZW) February 22, 2018
Former Mines Minister, Obert Mpofu, refuses to cooperate with Parliamentary Committee on Mines & Energy. Zimbabweans deserve straight answers on the opaque, corrupt goings on in the Mines ministry but if today’s events are anything to go by, straight answers will never come. pic.twitter.com/XdNJq9Tqiq
— Miles Tendi (@MilesTendi) February 22, 2018
I second that @TembaMliswa is now compromised, he should recuse himself and if he had any questions prepared he can leave them with any member of the committee to get answers from Min Mpofu
— Manjenjenje ❤️ (@lizmaggz) February 22, 2018
— Noel Nyasha (@NoelNyasha) February 22, 2018
Mpofu must be charged with contempt. Ministers must respect the authority of Parliament. Allowing him to escape this behaviour without censure sets a very bad precedent @TembaMliswa @edmnangagwa https://t.co/nRSvxiaQZ7
— Chenai Zengeza (@Miss_Chenzo) February 22, 2018
Obert Mpofu's whataboutery (whataboutism) during the Mines & Energy Committee with regards to our missing USD15billion is cheap polilicking that needs to be done with. No man should be bigger than the law & he must (still) be held accountable. @OpenParlyZw @TembaMliswa #Zimbabwe
— Tapiwa.Matthew.Mutisi (@TMMutisi) February 22, 2018
— Raymond Majongwe (@RMajongwe) February 22, 2018
ED: There should be no sacred cows. My government will have zero tolerance towards corruption.
Obert Mpofu: pic.twitter.com/a1JZTX8fnV
— Nyasha Musandu (@NMusandu) February 22, 2018