ZANU PF Proportional Representation MP Rossy Mpofu on Wednesday took traditional comedy that usually characterises Parliamentary debates to a new level when she openly wept over a motion that was being debated in the house.
The visually impaired legislator had stood during debate to caution Hatfield MP Tapiwa Mashakada against omitting the MDC’s contribution in inviting western imposed sanctions on the country.
Mashakada, the mover of a motion focussing on the deteriorating social and economic situation in the country, was in the middle of making his point when Mpofu rose to interject.
She accused the former investment promotion minister of deliberately omitting mentioning that western imposed sanctions had contributed towards the country’s decline.
“… Ipoint of order yami, nxa bona (MDC) bekwazi ukuthi kasibo abasapota amaBritish why bengaxotshi amasanctions eZimbabwe (If they deny they invited sanctions on the country, why don’t they openly denounce them),” she blurted out amid heckles from MDC MPs.
Mpofu was asked by the temporary speaker Melody Dziva to resume her seat, telling her she did not recognise her point of order.
Dziva said if Mpofu had thoughts on the motion under debate, she would have her time to make her views known.
But the touchy MP was soon to remind fellow legislators of elementary school when she broke into tears.
First to notice that was Mutasa South MP Irene Zindi who shared a seat with the weeping MP.
“I am rising on a point of order to put to your attention that honourable Mpofu has just broke down as a result of the motion being debated,” Zindi said, much to the amazement of fellow legislators who broke into wild laughter.
Mkoba MP Amos Chibaya did not help matters either when he shouted, “haiwawo, madhimoni aya (This is a result of demons).”
Dziva, also battling to control herself, asked Chibaya to withdraw his statement before proceeding to tell the sobbing legislator she was sorry the debate had broken her heart.
“It is very touching that someone else has broken down because of the debate that is going on…we are very sorry about that but we are going to allow honourable Mashakada to continue with the debate,” said the acting speaker.