The few remaining opposition MDC Alliance MPs Thursday boycotted President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Parliament Building in central Harare.
MDC Alliance MPs have since 2018 been boycotting Mnangagwa SONA addresses and other parliamentary events he attends saying he is illegitimate.
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MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa, claims the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) connived with ZANU PF and rigged the results of the 2018 presidential election in Mnangagwa’s favour.
However, over 60 MDC Alliance MPs have been recalled from Parliament after a rival MDC-T led by Douglas Mwonzora said they were no longer party members after the legislators showed their allegiance to Chamisa.
Other remaining lawmakers from the opposition have crossed the floor to join Mwonzora in fear of being recalled.
Meanwhile, MDC-T legislators attended Thursday’s SONA which Mnangagwa addressed live virtually from State House.
However, the few MDC Alliance MPs who were not present in the House of Assembly included Job Sikhala, Innocent Gonese, Rusty Markham, Joanna Mamombe, and Anele Ndebele.
In 2019, House of Assembly Speaker Jacob Mudenda ruled MDC Alliance MPs who had that year boycotted Mnangagwa’s SONA would not receive their sitting allowances for five months.
However, the matter was thrown away after the opposition MPs filed an appeal at the High Court.