By Tapiwa Marimo
AN MDC lawmaker ejected from the national assembly after wearing a jacket made in the colours of the national flag two years ago had demanded an explanation from the Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda why President Emmerson Mnangagwa is allowed to attend sittings with his “scarf.”
Mnangagwa adopted the scarf which has turned into his signature apparel since his November 2017 power grab.
On Wednesday opposition MDC Mutasa Central MP Trevor Saruwaka who in 2017 was forcibly removed from the National Assembly for wearing a jacket made from material resembling the national flag asked Mudenda to explain Parliament’s position on the issue.
“Since 2017 I have noticed that Mr Mnangagwa comes to the House wearing a scarf. I was once sacked from Parliament for wearing a jacket of the same colours,” Saruwaka said.
His reference to Mnangagwa as “Mr” drew angry jeers from Zanu PF lawmakers, and Mudenda was was quick to show he was also alive to the demeaning gesture by the opposition MP. The MDC has refused to recognise Mnanggwa as legitimate leader of the country arguing he won last year’s presidential election through fraudulent means.
The Speaker was quick to softly censure Saruwaka before claiming the scarf is Mnangagwa’s trademark.
“I am not aware of someone called Mr Mnangagwa. He is President Mnangagwa. The scarf is not part of attire. It is a trade mark.
“I urge anyone else to look at the Oxford dictionary and compare with Section 76 of the Standing Rules and Orders and see what it says,” said Mudenda.
Ironically he was applauded by MPs from both sides of the isle.