This historic occasion has taken five months to fulfil; with at least 200
Zimbabweans having lost their lives due to political violence while
thousands were brutalised or had their homes burnt.
Hon Moyo won against Paul Themba Nyathi, who polled 98 votes. Nyathi’s
candidature was co-sponsored by the unholy alliance ofÂ Zanu PF and Mr
Welshman Ncube, Mr Arthur Mutambara and Jonathan Moyo who tried in vain to
subvert the will of the people.
The MDC extends its profound gratitude all the MPs who voted for Hon Moyo,
including those from Zanu PF and from the other MDC who saw it worthwhile to
reinforce the will of the people as expressed on 29 March. They showed their
strength and desire to be true ambassadors of the people of Zimbabwe. There
is no doubt that the people of Zimbabwe have expressed themselves through
their elected representatives.
Some MPs braved arrests, intimidation and violence to come to Parliament to
give meaning to the people’s wishes and aspirations as expressed on 29
March. Parliament has now become a true deliberative platform; the bastion
of real democracy. Today’s voting pattern is a harbinger of good things to
come. With unity of purpose, the seventh Parliament will become a vehicle of
bringing change and a new culture in the way the people’s affairs are
Today’s election shows that the nation is guaranteed of robust debate and a
new era in which Parliament will cease to be a rubber-stamp of the whims of
the executive but becomes a true deliberative platform of the people’s
History has been made. The onus is now on Parliament to deal with the
people’s affairs taking into cognisance their basic needs of food, jobs,
transport, better health care and education.
We believe that the MPs will come up with a legislative agenda that
addresses the people’s needs.
God is on our side. The people are on our side. History is on our side. The
people shall govern.
Hon Nelson Chamisa, MP
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