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UNDER fire Zanu PF MP for Chipinge South, Enock Porusingazi faces parliamentary discipline for allegedly attacking a fellow party legislator in the press regarding the Green Fuel scandal.

Fellow Zanu PF and chairperson of the parliamentary committee on Youth and Indigenisation, Justice Mayor Wadyajena moved a motion in the national assembly Wednesday to have Porusingazi punished for granting an interview to newspapers over Green Fuel where he alleged that the committee’s findings regarding the ethanol producing firm are wrong and driven by factional fights.

“Madam Speaker, the committee on Youth, Indigenisation and Economic empowerment conducted a hearing into Green Fuel and the report was tabled here in the national assembly,” SAID Wadyajena.

“However, Honourable Porusingazi, who is a member of the committee, afterwards gave the Daily News an interview where he is alleged to have rubbished the committee’s report saying it was prepared during Zanu PF’s internal factional fights and contains information aimed at tarnishing his image.

“It is the committee’s humble view that his alleged statements have the potential of undermining the integrity of the committee and that of its chairperson who according to the rules and regulations, is mandated to speak on a matter before the house.”

In the committee’s report, Porusingazi was named as one of the top officials benefiting from the Green Fuel project at the expense of villagers.

The Zanu PF MP was last year suspended from the party on allegations of being part of ousted vice President Joice Mujuru’s camp and was accused of bankrolling the bid to ouster president Robert Mugabe through Green Fuel.

Wadyajena said Porusingazi should be charged with contempt of parliament. If charged and found guilty, he could be sentenced to a jail term or fined.

“In his interview with the Daily News he said that ‘when the report was prepared people were being labelled weevils (zvifukuto) and gamatox so it does not present the true facts on the ground’, this madam speaker is not a true reflection of what happened and, as a committee, we deliberated on this matter and decided that the house deals with him probably, charge him with contempt of parliament,” he said

Wadyajena’s motion was however opposed by MDC-T MP for Harare central, Murisi Zvizwai who told deputy speaker of parliament, Marbel Chinomona to stop Wadyajena, claiming that the contempt charge was political and driven by Zanu PF factional wars.

“Madam Speaker, when honourable Wadyajena came to present his committee’s report, he said to me while outside there at the bar that he was coming to deal with Porusingazi. So this house cannot be used fight factional fights here, this is a fight against weevils and gametox,” Zvizwai said.

Chinomona said Speaker Jacob Mudenda would look into the matter and deliver a ruling in the next few weeks.

Source : New Zimbabwe