Parly skirmish: Chinamasa to appear before committee


Itai Dzamara

LEADER of the House of Assembly Patrick Chinamasa is expected to appear before the special committee probing the incident involving himself and MDC MP Roy Bennett nearly two

months ago.


Chinamasa will appear before the committee, chaired by Zanu PF MP Paul Mangwana, on Monday. Bennett and Zanu PF MP Didymus Mutasa, who was also involved in the incident which saw Chinamasa floored, appeared before the committee last week.


“I appeared before the committee twice last week and will appear again this Saturday,” Bennett said on Wednesday.


“They asked me to explain the incident that occurred in parliament from my point of view and I said that my reaction was caused by provocation.”

Mutasa also said he had appeared before the committee but refused to discuss the issue.


Mutasa, who is the Minister of Special Affairs in the President’s Office Responsible for Anti-Corruption and Anti-Monopolies Programme, was subsequently quoted by the Voice of America as bragging that he “kicked him (Bennett) very hard” during the May 18 scuffle in parliament.


The incident occurred during a debate on an adverse report on the Stock Theft Bill.


Bennett, who is the MP for Chimanimani, floored Chinamasa after the Justice minister alleged that Bennett’s forefathers were thieves and murderers.


Chinamasa further infuriated Bennett by telling him to forget about his Charleswood farm in Chimanimani, which was occupied by the army in April.

Mutasa joined in the scuffle and kicked Bennett from behind in defence of Chinamasa.


Violent demonstrations were subsequently organised by Zanu PF against Bennett. Zanu PF supporters declared Bennett banned from Harare and Manicaland province under which his constituency falls. They also declared him banned from parliament.