“May I have your attention, please?
May I have your attention, please?
Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?
I repeat, will the real Slim Shady please stand up?
We’re gonna have a problem here…” – Eminem on ‘The Real Slim Shady’ (2000).
Today, the 22nd November 2018, the day will not be remembered for the National Budget Speech for 2019. Not that the Office of the President and Cabinet has given themselves 300m US Dollars for ordinary spending in the next Financial Year. Usually, that would be a big deal. However, there was other reports that is much more important. Because the President cannot handle opposition and is so thin-skinned, that he evicted the opposition MPs with force.
“POLICE officers on Thursday afternoon forcibly removed some opposition MDC members of parliament after they refused to stand up for President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Parliamentary speaker Jacob Mudenda asked the opposition members to leave the chamber, accusing them of disrespect. When they refused, he called in the police and scuffles ensued. Opposition MDC party spokesman Jacob Mafume says two female members of parliament were injured and taken to a hospital” (Zoom – Zimbabwe News, 22.11.2018).
“MDC MPs refuses to acknowledge ED when he arrived in Parliament and they are violently booted out by the police. Thats nonsense!” (The Herald Zimbabwe, 22.11.2018).
Clearly, the ZANU-PF and the President expects natural respect. In the Chambers of Parliament are usually strict rules and regulation of the business order of the House. That is all natural, as that is the governing body and the legislative branch of the government. However, that the President are so short sighted to throw people out not for standing in front of his grace. Shows his lack of sight too.
That Emmerson Mnangagwa not understand, that the opposition might not respect him or want to honor him. Something that is within reason, as the ZANU-PF has done whatever they can to disrespect and belittle the opposition, even targeting them and detain them. All of that is status quo.
However, what happens today, shows the arrogance and the approach to justice this government has. That one man cannot stay calm and ensure mercy, that the President cannot show them respect even. As he ordered them out like garbage and someone got hospitalized, because they didn’t stand up for him.
So, we have a problem here. A man who cannot manage himself in Parliament, who anticipate that everyone stand guard and awaits the fountain of honor. That they are all kissing the ring and giving him complements. That they are all his loyal subjects who are there to praise his breath. That is just the way it is.
PFee comrades can come kicking and screaming, but others cannot. Mnangagwa is now showing brutality in the National Assembly. That means everyone is fair game. Don’t expect positive changes. There will not be, only Mugabeisms in a new form, the Mnangagwa way. Peace.