MDC president Nelson Chamisa has scolded President Emmerson Mnangagwa for the manner in which MDC legislators were forcibly removed from the Parliament building on November 22. The move followed the MPs’ refusal to rise when Mnangagwa entered Parliament shortly before the Minister of Finance presented the 2019 national budget. Some of the MPs were reportedly beaten up and ended in the hospital. Speaking to Newsday, Chamisa said respect is not forced but is earned. He said
What we are seeing is that we have gone back to the default setting of arrogance, abusing those who do not agree with him. Can you tell me why would you use police on Members of Parliament, simply because you say they didn’t stand up for you?
Even if they stand up for you, they are not convinced in their hearts that they must respect you. Respect is earned and not forced. When you force respect, that is a dictatorship.
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You cannot have command agriculture, command economy, command respect and command President; command love, it is not appropriate and it does not go down well with our nation.
Their focus must be on the economy; their focus must be on fixing the national politics. Our politics is rotten; our nation is broken; our people are forsaken; the ordinary people are forgotten and those are the real issues that we must focus on.
The nation must focus more on light rather than darkness; unity rather than division; healing rather than creating more wounds. This is my advice to them. This warrior mind is what brought this nation into the doldrums.