chinamasa 11-11-10 ed.jpgThe Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Cde Patrick Chinamasa, has condemned the rowdy behaviour by MDC senators during parliamentary proceedings on Tuesday and Wednesday, saying their kind of conduct is not expected from the Upper House which is for mature people.

MDC-T Senators disrupted proceedings during debate in the Upper House after the resumption of debate in the 3rd session of the 7th Parliament of Zimbabwe over the presence of recently re-appointed governors in the Chamber.

The sitting had to be prematurely adjourned after the legislators made it impossible for debate to continue through heckling, singing and dancing.

Cde Chinamasa said parliament has no right to determine who is allowed in and who is not as that is a matter for the constitution.

“The behaviour by the MDC senators is very disturbing. If anyone is aggrieved they should approach the judiciary for the matter to be resolved, but what they need to understand is that parliamentarians have no power to determine who is allowed in or not. That is a constitutional issue,” said Cde Chinamasa.

Cde Chinamasa said unbecoming  behaviour at parliament could be expected from the Lower House, but it becomes disturbing when mature people in the senate decide to employ tactics like singing and walking out in order to disrupt proceedings.

“The Upper House is supposed to consist of mature people and their behaviour must reflect the same, it becomes very worrying when those people who are expected to behave maturely turn around and start behaving in an unbecoming manner,” he added.

The MDC senators broke into song and danced in the House, prompting the President of the Senate, Cde Edna Madzongwe to prematurely adjourn proceedings.

MDC-T legislators last week disrupted a pre-budget workshop in Victoria falls when business executive, Joseph Kanyekanye, denounced sanctions.

The denial of the existence of sanctions was this week also voiced by Masvingo Central House of Assembly Member, Mr Jefferson Chitando, who has stunned parliamentarians by calling for the extension of the illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the west, while openly admitting that the MDC formation invited the sanctions in the name of promoting human rights.