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Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa has said all Government officials are entitled to express their views, but what mattered most was official policy on any given matter. Minister Mnangagwa, who is leader of Government business in Parliament, said Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa was expressing his personal views when he commented on how Zimbabwe handled the European Union-Africa Summit, which started in Belgium yesterday.

He was responding to a question from Kuwadzana MP Mr Nelson Chamisa (MDC-T), who wanted to know if Government was united following Ambassador Mutsvangwa’s criticism of Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi’s handling of Zimbabwe’s non-attendance at the summit.

Ambassador Mutsvangwa accused his boss of failing to consult on such crucial matters.

But Minister Mnangagwa said Government’s performance was not determined by two individuals but by policy.

“People are allowed to air their opinions. At the end of the day the position of Government is what should prevail. The position of Government on that issue (the EU-Africa Summit) prevails,” said Minister Mnangagwa.

“That is part of the democratic process that is prevalent in this country. We cannot condemn individuals for saying their views,” he said.

Responding to another question, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Deputy Minister Paddy Zhanda said Government would not fix a floor price for tobacco and would leave pricing to market forces.

Mutasa South MP Cde Irene Zindi (Zanu-PF) had asked how Government would protect tobacco farmers from what she said were unfair prices.

Cde Zindi suggested Government could set a floor price as was done in Malawi.

Deputy Minister Zhanda said: “As a Government we will come up with a Statutory Instrument to protect contract farmers but we will do so in a manner that do not promote side marketing.”

Responding to another question by Bikita West legislator Dr Munyaradzi Kereke, Deputy Minister Zhanda said the decision to bar genetically modified foods stood.

Deputy Minister Zhanda said it was the responsibility of various Government departments to ensure GMOs were not imported.

Source : The Herald

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