The Parliament of Zimbabwe has served some MDC Members of Parliament with letters informing them of the commencement of the probe on them after they walked out on President Emmerson Mnangagwa during a Parliamentary session in 2018.
The letters that were dated 12 February 2020 and were signed by Clerk of Court, Kennedy Chokuda read in part:
The letter serves to inform you that the privileges committee has commenced investigations into allegations of misconduct regarding your conduct on the occasions that the Head of State has attended Parliament in the performance of his constitutional duties.
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A matter of privilege regarding the conduct of Honourable Members of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-A) was raised in the House on Thursday, 14 November 2019.
MDC MPs, as a sign of showing that president Mnangagwa was “illegitimate”, either did not rise as a mark of respect, walked out of the House whilst at some point they boycotted the budget presentation by the Finance Minister because Mnangagwa had attended.
The letter highlighted that the behaviour was “grossly disrespectful of the office and person of the Head of State and Government in terms of Parliamentary custom and practice which the institution of Parliament in any jurisdiction is expected to observe.”
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