Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet (Presidential Communications) George Charamba said President Mnangagwa is not to blame for the ejection of MDC Alliance legislators during last week’s presentation of the 2019 National Budget.
MDC Alliance legislators refused to stand up when Mnangagwa entered the National Assembly chamber before the budget presentation. Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda ordered them to leave the House, but they refused despite efforts by Sergeant-at-Arms Nicholas Marufu to escort them out. Charamba said Mnangagwa does not control what goes on in Parliament. Said Charamba:
As Head of the Executive, the President does not have control of the goings on in Parliament. If he had, the principle of separation of powers would have been vitiated. Really, what happened in Parliament is beyond the authority of the President. There should never be an attempt to embroil or to drag him into those developments.If you notice, the voice came from the Speaker and the decision to remove recalcitrant MPs was effected through the Sergeant-at-Arms. He is in charge of the security in the chamber. Anyone imputing any blame on the Executive clearly does not understand the limits of separation of powers.