parliament.jpgTempers flared in Parliament this Wednesday after Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr Lovemore Moyo refused to excuse himself in presiding over a motion meant to oust Clerk of Parliament, Mr Austin Zvoma from his post on accusations of incompetence.

Zanu PF parliamentarians insisted that Mr Moyo was an interested part in the case, saying he was mentioned in the motion, hence could not have a fair hearing in the matter.

However, the Speaker stood by his ruling to continue chairing the proceedings.

As a result, chaos reigned in the august house for some time.

During the debate, some Zanu PF legislators continuously interjected proceedings in protest, with Cde Paul Mangwana at one time pleading for fairness after raising suspicions on the rulings by the Speaker which he felt were biased against members of his party.

Earlier on, Mr Moyo had allowed the debate on the motion to take off despite attempts by some Zanu PF legislators to have the debate stopped on the grounds that doing so was prejudicial to Mr Zvoma’s urgent court application to bar parliamentarians from debating the motion.

However, Mr Moyo dismissed the plea on the grounds that Mr Zvoma made the court application well after the motion was appearing on the Order Paper, adding that a precedence had already been set by the then Speaker, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa on the Roy Bennet case.

This however did not go down well with Zanu PF legislators who continued to bring the issue to the Speaker’s attention in the course of the debate.

While presenting the motion, MDC-T House of Assembly Member, Mr Brian Tshuma said among other issues, Mr Zvoma’s incompetence was exposed by the Supreme Court ruling after the nullification of the election of the Speaker, saying the clerk deserved to be axed as a matter of urgency upon the results of a secret vote by legislators.

However, another MDC-T legislator, Mr Shepherd Mushonga, who seconded the motion, called for an amendment on the initial motion to set up a five member committee to investigate Mr Zvoma before the elections to conclude his fate, a situation that further plunged the house into more chaos.

The debate has since been postponed to this Thursday to allow the inclusion of the motion amendments on the Order Paper.