Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Settlement minister, Perrance Shiri, on Thursday apologised for referring to MDC legislators as “baboons and monkeys”.
The former airforce boss made the remarks while dismissing allegations that US$3 billion Command Agriculture fund disappeared between 2017 and 2018. He said that no money was missing but the ministry had only failed to bring paperwork which the MDC Members of Parliament were demanding.
On Thursday during a Parliamentary session, Shiri retracted his words. He said:
Speaker, I would like to unreservedly apologies for the remarks I made yesterday,” he said.
I realise they must have caused some injury to the dignity of the members. To that extent, Speaker, I would like to withdraw my statement.
Shiri’s statements caused havoc in Parliament as members started singing and dancing thereby causing the session to end prematurely.
Zimbabweans on social media also castigated Shiri saying he was offside.
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