Respected Political Commentator, Dr Pedzisai Ruhanya has firmly warned the MDC led by Mr Nelson Chamisa to lookout against abuse directed to those who hold different views. He was commenting after a senior member of the MDC Eng Mudzuri was abused after he attended a parliamentary meeting at the State House where he met President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Eng Mudzuri’s critics seized the moment to attack him alleging that he had secretly met the President without the full knowledge of other party members. This turned out to be false as the media was present at the meeting.
In a post on fb, Dr Pedzisai Ruhanya said, “the Mdc led by Mr Nelson Chamisa should be on the lookout against any form of violence or abuse against party members who have different views.”“Any differences party members have should not lead to public humiliation or any form of abuse. Be mature, differences are not bad for democracy, in fact they make you stronger and differentiate yourselves from intolerant pretenders. Avoid unnecessary spectacles that soil your democratic credentials.
“The MDC must create a tolerant and inclusive democratic alternative.“The language of Mutengesi”-sellout, ‘mhandu’ is not the diction of democratic discourse. It’s a reproduction of ZANU PF,” said Dr Ruhanya. The abuse and public mocking of vice president Senator Eng Elias Mudzuri after attending a parliamentary meeting at the state house is deplorable. Eng Mudzuri was abused by a cartel of overzealous MDC members including but not limited to Mr Charlton Hwende, and Mr Murisi Zwizwai.
Eng Mudzuri, who is a senior member of the party and former Mayor of Harare, was accused of being a sellout after he met President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the State House. His visit was in line with a parliamentary procedure that National Assembly and Senate presiding officers should present themselves to the President of the Republic.
What is clear is that Mudzuri did not go to drink tea at the State House but he went to fulfill his parliamentary obligation as a presiding officer. It is suggested that Mr Prosper Mutseyami (Chief Whip) as well as Ms Tabitha Khumalo (leader of the National Assembly) boycotted the event. What is clear is that Eng Mudzuri did not err by attending the meeting at the state house.
In a statement Eng Mudzuri said he attended the meeting as the leader of the house under the Parliamentary Standing Rules and Order rule 11 that states: “The President of the Senate and the Deputy President of the Senate, accompanied by their proposers and seconders and other Senators, shall as soon as may be after their election, present themselves to the President.”
“It’s sad that my very colleagues were fully engaged in parliament business at the HICC on post budget presentation that saw MPs under attack from Police. What hypocrisy,” said Mudzuri?
He went further to suggest that the nation was faced with acute economic challenges under a failed leadership of ZANU-PF. “That must be our focus, but to abuse my person this way is very unfortunate,” he said.