Chamisa Turned Down Invitation To Attend Opening Of Ninth Parliament

Nelson Chamisa’s spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda has confirmed that Chamisa was invited to the official opening of the Ninth Parliament but turned it down. MDC legislators later walked out when President Emmerson Mnangagwa was giving his inaugural State of the Nation Address only to return when he was done. Said Sibanda,

The president was invited but decided not to attend the opening.

Commenting on the matter, Stephen Chan, a professor of world politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, told the Daily News,

Chamisa is free to boycott the opening of Parliament. The leader of the opposition may express his disagreement with the election result, but the presence of his own MPs in Parliament makes this a difficult gesture to sustain…the leader of the opposition’s role is to oppose — usually through parliamentary means — but he is able to oppose by other avenues that are within the law.

Political analyst Maxwell Saungweme added,

Chamisa also showed that he is not for collaboration by spurning a mere parliamentary invitation. The question of legitimacy is no longer one, and the earlier people accept what is there and work to ensure those in power transform, the better. If the election was a sham and there are serious legitimacy questions, the MDC should not have accepted being in Parliament and local government.

More: Daily News


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One Comment on “Chamisa Turned Down Invitation To Attend Opening Of Ninth Parliament

  1. I’m begining to realise that maybe it was for the good of the country that MDC alliance did not win the elections.Basing on the behavior and reaction of the MDC president and MPs it is commonplace that there was going to be a lot of immaturity in government had they won.And they must not take the people for granted.If you say the president is illegitimate,why then did they stand in front of an illegitimate president to be swarn in as MPs?I hope they will as well refuse vehicles for MPs and accompanying benefits because its coming from an illegitimate government.Do they ever think that Zanu will come to say we now hand over power to you because you turned down the invitation or you walked out of parliament?They must be wise enough!It looks like MDC will always be the disgruntled party after elections and nothing else,until another opposition party will rise up and replace them.

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