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PARLIAMENT roared in laughter Wednesday as Zanu PF’s ‘Blackman’ – Kwekwe Central Masango Matambanadzo – struggled to express himself in English.

The legislator, a poorly schooled former street photographer in Kwekwe, struggled to ask finance minister Patrick Chinamasa a question about the collapsed Zimbabwe Iron and Steel Company (Zisco).

The company – which employed thousands and was the backbone of industry in the Midlands and Bulawayo – stopped production in 2008, weighed down by massive debts, incompetent management and corrupt interference by government ministers.

A billion-dollar revival, through disposal of the company to India-based Essar Holdings launched by President Robert Mugabe in 2011, has failed to materialise with the Indians staying well away and the government not convincingly explaining why the deal has stalled.

On Wednesday, Matambanadzo wanted to ask Chinamasa what the government was doing about workers at the Redcliff steelmaker who are now living in abject poverty having gone without pay for years.

He however, ended up apologising for his poor facility with English.

But MDC-T legislator for Kuwadzana East Nelson Chamisa chided colleagues for laughing at Matambanadzo.

“This is a very serious issue honorable Speaker, sir,” said Chamisa as he looked at the blank-faced Matambanadzo.

“What can we do with honorable members who are not able to speak in English? What can we do honorable speaker sir?”

Commenting on Matambanadzo’s troubles, social rights activist Tinashe Chikoma said: “It was difficult to get what Matambanadzo was trying to say.

“It is embarrassing for a member of parliament to fail to express himself. How will he represent the concerns of his community under such circumstances?”

Source : New Zimbabwe