|Misihairambwi-Mushonga likens colleagues to ‘useless condoms’|
|Sunday, 04 December 2011 00:00|
By Busani Ncube
Cabinet ministers from Matabeleland are just useless “condoms’’ who have sold out the region.Ms Misihairabwi-Mushonga, who is also the Minister of Regional Integration in the inclusive Government, made the shocking remarks while addressing a Bulawayo Agenda-organised public debate last Friday.
The debate was under the broad theme: 2011 in Retrospect; Achievements and Challenges in the Implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA).
Other panellists were Water Resources Minister Samuel Sipepa Nkomo and the discussant was Matabeleland Constitutional Reform Agenda (Macra) leader, Effie Ncube.
“Whether it is money, power or what, I do not know, the region’s ministers are just doing the condom role,’’ she said.
“The moment you start talking about bringing the Parliament to Bulawayo, Matabeleland Zambezi Water Project and the de-industralisation in Bulawayo you are accused of fanning tribalism and sadly mostly by people of Matabeleland,’’ she said.
Ms Misihairabwi-Mushonga also told the gathering that she has had the benefit of being Shona, married to a Shona person and the “disadvantage’’ of having Ndebele blood from her mother’s side.
Turning on the Professor Arthur Mutambara power wrangle for MDC leadership, she dismissed the whole matter as a tribal sting.
“It is about the fact that there is a tribe of people that do not want to have a Ndebele person sitting as a principal and power-sharing. It is about the fact that Prof Ncube is a Ndebele.
Addressing the same meeting, Mr Sipepa Nkomo said he wished that Matabeleland was like Zululand in South Africa where there is a king.
In a veiled attack at Finance Minister Mr Tendai Biti, Mr Sipepa Nkomo said:
Mr Sipepa Nkomo and Mr Biti belong to the MDC formation led by PM Tsvangirai.