ZANU PF MPs threaten not to campaign for ED

President Emmerson Mnangagwa


ZANU PF Members of Parliament (MPs) are reportedly unhappy over the government’s alleged failure to prioritise their welfare, while it is awarding cabinet ministers hefty packages.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, some ZANU PF MPs on Wednesday told NewsDay that they were being treated unfairly by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government. One of the MPs said:

As MPs, we are suffering, we are being treated unfairly, but our ministers are living lavishly.

They are given houses worth almost half a million, they are not being asked to move out of their hotels and it’s very unfair.

Most of the ministers are just technocrats, they don’t even know how to mobilise support for President Mnangagwa going into the 2023 elections.

MPs were recently kicked out of hotels for non-payment of bills by Parliament, with others yet to get their service vehicles.

Another ZANU PF MP told NewsDay that they won’t speak about their welfare for fear of being branded traitors. Said the MP:

It’s very unfortunate that as Zanu PF MPs, it is now difficult for us to speak about our welfare in Parliament because we will be seen as traitors.

However, ZANU PF chief whip Pupurai Togarepi said he was not aware of the MPs’ grievances. He told NewsDay:

I am not aware of any such disgruntlement from ZANU PF MPs. What I am aware of is our government’s effort to improve the incomes and benefits of the civil servants, including those of MPs.

MPs, like all other people, are entitled to an income of their wish and they can raise their concerns honourably through appropriate parliamentary structures.

I am not aware of ministers’ benefits or how they compare with our MPs.

The duty of every ZANU PF member is to campaign for President Emmerson Mnangagwa and I want to thank our legislators for taking their deployment in their constituencies seriously.

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