Biti, Hwende Ejected From Parliament Over Pomona Waste-to-energy Deal
Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda Thursday ejected Harare East legislator Tendai Biti and his Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) colleague Chalton Hwende out of Parliament following a debate on the Pomona waste-to-energy project.
After local government deputy minister Marian Chombo’s presentation on the deal, Mudenda ruled there was no longer going to be any other discussions around the matter.
There was chaos and commotion which occurred when Biti demanded that his submissions be noted.
The deal, which was approved by Cabinet and reportedly forced on Harare City Council by local government minister July Moyo, is racking up a daily bill of US$22 000 since being penned. Mudenda said:
Whether the matter rests with issues of corruption, whether there is some prejudice against the City of Harare, that will be determined by the courts.
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The reason for this application is to determine whether the agreement is valid or not. If the court decides that this contract is valid, then it shall stand. If it says it is not valid, then the agreement made to establish that contract becomes void and there is no Pomona Deal.
In my ruling, this court application is part of the matter. Was this contract entered into and is it valid or not? Once the court has sealed this matter, we can still proceed accordingly, but if it says the contract is null and void, then there is no issue. I thank you Hon. Biti for that one.
After being barred from discussing the matter any further as it was before the courts, Biti then highlighted some of his submissions had not been addressed, eventually leading to him being ejected.
Biti begged Mudenda to explain why he was being dismissed to no avail, and within the confusion, Chombo disappeared from the august house.
Mudenda ordered Hwende out after he continued shouting over the matter.
Speaking to NewZimbabwe.com after being ejected, Biti said the CCC party would continue to push for the reversal of the deal even if it meant the whole opposition bench would be chased out of Parliament again.