Joined by Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa, Mudenda stifled the contributions from the MDC MPs.
First to have his comments dismissed was Glen View North MP, Fani Munengami, who asked, during the question and answer session, if Mugabe would continue seeking medical services abroad.
This was after health and child care deputy minister, Aldrin Musiiwa, had assured the house the country was now well equipped to perform heart surgery.
â€œAre we implying that even the Head of State and Government is no longer going to go out of the country to receive treatment but receive treatment in the country since we now have all the equipment we want,â€ Munengami asked.
â€œYour question is misdirected,â€ Mudenda interjected.
â€œThe way you are saying is that the Head of State and Government should not go out of the country.
â€œYou are talking about people who are suffering from cardiac related illnesses.
â€œWe should treat our Head of State and Government with respect. Who told you that he is suffering from heart related disease?â€
Second to see his contribution overruled was Warren Park MP, Elias Mudzuri, who asked if the 92-year-old leader was still in charge of the country after his wife told a rally over a week ago that she was â€œrulingâ€ the country.
â€œ…As parliament,â€ Mudzuri said, â€œwe have a responsibility to check on the Executive to ensure that the president plays his role without interference or disharmony.
â€œThe people of Zimbabwe are confused as to who is running the country.â€
But Mudenda would have none of it.
â€œWe are not here to follow some political jest and it is common cause that we still have one President in Zimbabwe.
â€œWhat happens at rallies, whether for this or that party has nothing to do with parliament business here,â€ he said.
However, Mabvuku-Tafara MP, James Maridadi, insisted the question was pertinent but Mudenda was quick to also shut him down.
â€œI have ruled already on that one. I told you very clearly that we do not discuss political speeches of political parties in this House.â€
Mudenda was certainly not the last one to shield Mugabe.
Eddie Cross asked Chinamasa whether Graceâ€™s recent tours to the countryâ€™s provinces were catered for by the State, and if so, how much the state had incurred as well as â€œthe extent and justification of such expenditureâ€.
Chinamasa, on his part, cleverly ducked the question.
â€œMr. Speaker Sir, my apologies, I do not have the answer to this question ready and I crave the indulgence of the Hon. Member to give me more time,â€ he said.
Criticism against President Mugabe has now become a very dangerous act with opposition MPs last year receiving death threats for heckling the veteran leader during a speech presentation in the House.
Mudenda is yet to respond to opposition demands for President Mugabe to come to parliament regularly to face questions from backbenchers.
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