Legislators from the opposition MDC Alliance boycotted the presentation of the 2020 National Budget, claiming to be attending a funeral for two party activists in Marondera.
Once every year, people are glued to the television sets on the day the national budget is presented, testimony to the importance of the statement in informing people about government’s fiscal policy and its balance sheet.
This is the same balance sheet that MDC Vice President, Tendai Biti, as Chairperson of the critical Public Accounts Committee, is expected to quiz, interrogate and make recommendations on.
However, together with legislators from his party, Biti did not think it worth their while to attend Thursday’s budget presentation, claiming through their spokesperson Daniel Molokele, that the entire party was attending a funeral in Marondera.
Perhaps it was for the coupons to travel for the funeral that a few of them were spotted at Parliament Building before the presentation.
Independent Legislator, Norton Constituency Temba Mliswa, castigated the MDC for their actions saying they should revisit their strategy to ensure consistency in their conduct and accord the Office of the President the respect it deserves.
Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda confirmed that Parliament is fed up with the MDC’s attention-seeking disposition.
Ironically, on Monday, Biti accused Sakunda Holdings of being contemptuous of Parliament, yet for all his accusations, he appears to be far worse, given that in his case, he enjoys the benefits of being a legislator when it suits him and his colleagues from the opposition camp.