MOVEMENT for Democratic Change (MDC) MPs for Harare’s Highfield and Kuwadzana constituencies, Pearson Mungofa and Nelson Chamisa, who were elected earlier this year, have cr
iticised President Mugabe’s government for the parlous state of the economy.
The MPs made the remarks in their maiden speeches in parliament on Tuesday. They said Mugabe’s government was responsible for the current political stalemate because it was unconcerned about people’s suffering.
Chamisa, who is also the MDC’s national youth chairman, said government had failed the youth.
“I have been forced to enter this august House during the early stages of my life because of the violent rule and corrupt mismanagement by the regime,” Chamisa said.
“The general militarisation of society seeks to regiment the youth and destroy creativity at the service of the dictator (Mugabe) according to the whims of his temper.”
He said through the so-called National Youth Service training, “young people of this country are being militarised to ensure that the very system that is responsible for the poverty and hopelessness remains in place”.
Mungofa said Mugabe’s failed policies had impoverished the nation.
“The majority of the population in both urban and rural areas have been driven out of the mainstream economy,” Mungofa said.
“The situation is further aggravated by the political violence perpetuated by the illegitimate Zanu PF government for its survival.”
Both Mungofa and Chamisa lambasted the “circus that goes on in parliament” as rival political parties bicker at the expense of serious national issues.
“It is sad to note that parliamentary debates have been characterised by suspicion, acrimony and mistrust,” said Chamisa. “I appeal to my colleagues to use this august House as an honourabe institution to deal with people’s issues and vital national aspects for future generations and posterity.”
Mungofa and Chamisa entered parliament in April this year after winning in by-elections following the death of Kuwadzana MP, Learnmore Jongwe and the dismissal of former Highfield MP, Munyaradzi Gwisai.
Chamisa trounced David Mutasa of Zanu PF whilst Mungofa defeated war veterans leader Joseph Chinotimba.