I DO not normally condone violence but the clip shown on ZTV of a very tall man, Patrick Chinamasa, interacting headlong with the ground was very interesting. It was a clear case of the Minister of Justice getting instant justice. I was i
nspired by Roy Bennett’s courage, but of course not the violence.
There are several lessons to be learnt from this incident. The first one is that Chinamasa learnt the hard way that in Zimbabwe one can have freedom of speech, but freedom after speech is not guaranteed.
The second one is that “gudo guru peta muswe vaduku vakutye”. Respect is reciprocal. Chinamasa is the Leader of the House. How then does he expect tolerance and respect between the opposition and ruling party MPs if he abuses parliamentary privilege by engaging in personal attacks and slurs against Bennett? For every action there is a reaction and the minister got just that, a taste of his own medicine.
The third lesson is that national business must never be taken at a personal level. What if Chinamasa had lost all his teeth? What would he tell his children? Contrast Chinamasa’s personal attack with the composure of more mature ministers like Murerwa.
The last lesson must be deduced from this incident by the likes of Jonathan Moyo and Joseph Made who have a shocking propensity to attack individuals even when talking about national business. No wonder the vice president referred to “immoral little boys”.
Chinamasa, Made and Moyo were never elected to parliament by anyone. Whose interests do they represent? As such they should treat the elected with respect. Some Zanu PF officials have incited a lot of hostility during elections and by-elections to entrench their selfish interests. Moyo has caused more anarchy in the media industry than anyone in the history of this country. I think Kindness Paradza will agree.