President Robert Mugabe will reconvene Zimbabwe's parliament Tuesday after an opposition member was elected parliament speaker yesterday.
Some political analysts say they are worried today's activities will undermine
the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between the ruling ZANU-PF and
the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). But the MDC is warning
President Mugabe's government not to construe its participation in
today's activities as recognition of Mugabe's presidency.
Busani Ncube is the logistics director for the Bulawayo
Project, a non-governmental organization. From Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's commercial
capital, he tells reporter Peter Clottey Zimbabweans are relieved that the
opposition can now control parliament.
think they (Zimbabweans) are looking forward to a very explosive parliament now
that the speaker and the deputy speaker of parliament are coming from the
opposition party. So, we are waiting to see how the business of parliament will
proceed," Ncube noted.
said the opposition stands a strong chance of challenging President Robert
Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party in parliament.
assumption would be now that the speaker of parliament and they've got deputy
speaker of parliament, maybe they (opposition) have got a strategy to control
parliament, to control Mugabe and make sure that they control the businesses of
parliament," he said.
said the opposition's initial move to boycott Tuesday's reconvening of
parliament has been derailed after MDC parliamentarians assumed the speaker and
deputy speaker positions.
think the issue of speaker of parliament complicates the whole thing for MDC to
boycott or to participate in the parliament business," Ncube pointed out.
reckons that the ruling ZANU-PF party is shocked the opposition assumed the
positions of the speaker and deputy speaker of Zimbabwe's parliament.
think ZANU-PF thought they were going to, lets say, win the speaker of
parliament through the other MDC faction. I think they were well beaten and
they are shocked as a result. If you look at how the ZANU-PF MP's (Members of
parliament) came in their numbers to parliament to vote and they were thinking
that they will vote with the smaller faction. I think they were not expecting
this result and I don't think they (ZANU-PF) have got any plans, they are
confused, they are paralyzed, they are shocked and they don't know what to do,"
said Monday's arrests of two opposition members of parliament depict what he
described as the ruling party's lackadaisical attitude towards the rule of law
shows that Mugabe is not sincere about the ongoing peace talks, and it also
shows that ZANU-PF is not ashamed to do anything to the extent of arresting the
MP's when they were coming in for the swearing in ceremony, and the move was
designed to influence the voting patterns for the speaker of parliament," Ncube
it was apparent from Monday's voting that some members of the ruling party
voted for the opposition representative for the speaker position.
you saw it was very clear that ZANU-PF MP's voted with the opposition. So, it
shows that again ZANU-PF has got their own problems even if they tried to block
the MDC PM's from voting," he said.