OPPOSITION MDC leader Nelson Chamisa has admitted President Emmerson Mnangagwa is by operation of law legally leader of Zimbabwe but argues the Zanu PF frontman is not legitimate.
Chamisa insists Mnangagwa rigged his way to power in last year’s election that the MDC leader tried to have the result overturned through a petition at the Constitutional Court.
Reacting to a recent decision by National Assembly Speaker Jacob Mudenda to bar MDC MPs from asking questions to Cabinet Ministers arguing they do not recognise Mnangagwa as legitimate leader of the country, Chamisa’s spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda said the head of the legislature was mixing up issues.
“Mudenda is bidding for the Executive while he is supposed to stand for the legislature. It is baffling that the Speaker of the National Assembly wants to recreate the legislative structure of the country. We are an Anglo-phone country and we follow that type of legislative structure in which the Executive is brought to account. Now it seems these Zanu PF people want to recreate everything mid-stream,” said Sibanda.
Asked to clarify the issue of Mnangagwa’s position given he appoints the same Cabinet that the MDC wants to interrogate which by default would translate to quizzing the Zanu PF leader, Sibanda said there has never been questions regarding the President’s legality.
“It is a fact that Mnangagwa is defacto and dejure leader of Zimbabwe. By virtue of the fact that they hijacked all processes and seized power after last year’s election including subverting the will of the people, Mnangagwa is legally President.
“However it is also a fact that he is illegitimate and that is our contention. We have a right to say and feel that way,” said Sibanda.
Last week Mudenda triggered pandemonium in the National Assembly after ruling on an obscure request by Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi who argued that given that the MDC has refused to recognise Mnangagwa as President they did not have the right to quiz his appointees in the form of Cabinet Ministers.
Mudenda concurred and ruled that until such time “the issue of the President’s legitimacy is resolved” the MDC MP could not ask questions directly to Ministers.
MDC lawmakers reacted with anger before walking out of the chamber. The opposition legislators have in the past year since the general election walked out on Mnangagwa twice arguing he was an “intruder into the National Assembly.”