Zimbabwean MPs Now Face Suspension If They “Disrespect” The President, Chief Justice Or Speaker

The Parliament of Zimbabwe has adopted new standing orders which shall see Members of Parliament being suspended if they disrespect the President, Chief Justice and the Speaker.

The new standing orders also direct all legislators to stand when the President or Chief Justice enter or leave the chamber.

The development comes when opposition MDC legislators previously stormed out of Parliament or boycotted Parliament whenever President Emmerson Mnangagwa attended.

The lawmakers argued that Mnangagwa was not a legitimate president after his party, the ruling ZANU PF, allegedly connived with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission in 2018 to manipulate presidential election results in favour of Mnangagwa.

They also argued that attending Parliament when Mnangagwa attended or standing up when he comes in or goes out was tantamount to endorsing his presidency and results of the 2018 election.

There has been debate over whether Parliamentarians should stand up or not with some saying that there was no legislation obliging them to stand up for the presidency.

Others argued that albeit the absence of written legislation, it was incumbent upon legislators to rise as a sign of respect to the presidency since that has been the norm for a sustained period of time.

More: Brezh Malaba

 

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