ZANU PF MP for Buhera South Joseph Chinotimba on Wednesday took time to poke fun at MDC-T legislator and newly ordained pastor Nelson Chamisa, telling the MDC-T deputy president to stop being argumentative in parliament in keeping with the spirit of the clergy.
The Kuwadzana East legislator last week graduated with a Degree in Theology from Living Waters Bible College, an institution founded by the Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe.
Chamisa, who was addressed as honourable advocate by Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa during Wednesday’s heated exchanges in parliament, is a vibrant contributor during debates in the house of assembly.
Only moments before Chinotimba’s comments, Chamisa harangued Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa for showing arrogance when responding to questions by opposition MPs.
Chamisa had interjected one of Mnangagwa’s responses with a common Shona saying, “gudo guru peta muswe kuti vadiki vakutye” (humble yourself so that your juniors may respect you).
Chamisa had added: “Kana mukuru wenyika arigudo guru akasapeta musve haafanire kuridza mhere kana tikanopenengura musve iwowo” (If you continue scorning us, please don’t begrudge us if we fail to give you your due respect)”
But after the Chamisa-Mnangagwa exchanges ended, Chinotimba stood to raise a point on order.
“We are grateful that our pastor is here in parliament. Even he himself will not be found making some careless comments; this will not be proper.
“He is now someone who when someone else makes careless comments, he prays for us,” Chinotimba said.
Chinotimba said Chamisa should now wear his divine jacket, pray for peace in the country and further disown his argumentative MDC-T comrades who were heckling Mnangagwa and Chinamasa.
“I have stood to say that in this house we now have a pastor who will not be making careless comments…he should also not be associating with people who are stubborn,” Chinotimba said to loud laughter from MPs.