HARARE, March 20 — The Speaker of Zimbabwe’s Parliament has dismissed separate charges of contempt of Parliament against two MPs — Bulawayo South legislator Eddie Cross of the opposition Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MDC) party and Chimanimani MP Enock Porusingazi of the ruling Zanu PF party.

Cross was facing contempt charges at the behest of Meikles Limited boss John Moxon and the Parliamentary Committee on Budget, Finance and Economic Development which is chaired by Mutoko South MP David Chapfika.

Moxon and Chapfika, in separate appeals to Mudenda, had accused Cross of having used privileged information gained during public hearings of the Committee on the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Debt Assumption Bill for personal gain before the information had been presented to Parliament, which is against the rules of the legislature.

Cross, who is a member of the Committee, is also a Meikles Limited shareholder.

Meikles Ltd claims it is owed 90 million US dollars by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, an issue that is also dealt with in the RBZ Debt Assumption Bill.

Chapfika and Moxon claimed Cross had used privileged information to influence other Meikles shareholders during the company’s annualgeneral meeting last year.

In his ruling, Mudenda said the facts that had been presented against Cross did not “justify reasonable suspicion” that he had acted unlawfully. “The facts presented to the House do not constitute a prima facie case of contempt of Parliament and therefore the matter is dismissed,” Mudenda ruled.

Mudenda said Cross had attended the Meikles AGM in his capacity as a shareholder and not representing the committee or Parliament.

In the other case, the Parlimentary Committee on Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment had sought to have Porusingazi charged with contempt for allegedly giving an interview to the privately owned Daily News newspaper, expressing views contrary to the findings of the Committee on Green Fuels Chisumbanje ethanol plant.

In his ruling, Mudenda said Porusingazi had written to the newspaper complaining about the misrepresentation of what he had said during the said interview. The newspaper had in turn issued a retraction and apologized to Porusingazi.

Mudenda said in light of the developments, the House would no longer pursue the matter.