SPEAKER of Parliament Jacob Mudenda yesterday announced that Gweru Urban MP Brian Dube, was now chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee.
Dube, who this year dumped the Nelson Chamisa led camp and aligned with MDC-T leader Douglas Mwonzora, replaces Tendai Biti who was recalled from Parliament by his party weeks ago.
“I wish to inform the House that the MDC-T Party has nominated Honourable Brian Dube to serve as Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee,” Mudenda advised legislators during yesterday’s sitting.
Gweru Urban MP Brian Dube
It has been reported that Biti, an MDC Alliance Vice President, is being accused by his internal party foes of allegedly competing with Chamisa.
This comes after the United States of America (USA) recently condemned Biti’s recall from Parliament by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) — something Washington did not do when similar fate befell other MDC Alliance bigwigs before that.
MDC Alliance spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere has apparently emerged as the favorite to take the spot occupied by Biti, leading to bitter mudslinging inside the opposition party.
Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono also delved into the matter, siding with Mahere and urging Chamisa to protect his “most valuable asset” in Mahere.
Chin’ono also said anyone who had been in Parliament for the past 20 years had no reason to remain there and must let fresh ideas and young blood come in, in apparent reference to Biti who first became MP in 2002.
“The culture of political entitlement has destroyed competence across the board!The opposition should not rely on the sympathy and or protests vote only, it must rely on voters choosing it because it has shown that it is competent and ready to govern,” Chin’ono said.
“So if you are in the opposition, look at what you are offering and ask yourself if they are the best out there, whether they would motivate people to come out and vote!
“Leaders should not be chosen on the basis of the number of years they have been in your party, but on their competence levels. One of the cogent arguments put out there is ZANUPF’s incompetence, how do you counter that if you fail to present competent options?”
Hopewell went further and said: “The majority of voters are not in your political parties, they don’t care how long you have been in a party, they care about your level of competence and whether you will deliver or not!
“You can’t accuse ZANUPF of blocking talent, and yet you are doing the same thing in your parties!
“Lovemore Madhuku campaigned for a constitution with term limits, yet he didn’t stick to his own NCA’s term limits! Should we have voted for him simply because he is not ZANUPF?
“So you can’t accuse ZANUPF of incompetence and yet you present useless candidates to voters and expect them to vote for you simply because you are not ZANUPF!
“We often accuse the youths of not participating, how do they participate when they are blocked by stupid rules that they haven’t been in the party for 5 years?
“Let those who have been in the party for 5 years participate and stop insulting the youths! In Zimbabwe we have a political and cultural problem of career politicians who have used politics as a meal ticket!
“Such people are a cancer and they are found in both parties! In order to win 2023, parties must not hope to win on the basis of a protest or sympathy vote, ZANUPF must not hope on the basis of state machinery.
“Doing means both parties have nothing to offer! The opposition must offer craft competence by putting forward able people. Remember that the majority of voters don’t belong to your parties, motivate them!” – Zimbabwe Voice ■